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Description of the Viol
Definition and description of the
Viol: The Viol can be described as being played with a bow and held on the lap or between the
legs. Description: A stringed musical instrument formerly in
use, of the same form as the violin, but larger, and having six strings,
to be struck with a bow, and the neck furnished with frets for stopping
the strings. The name is now applied as a general term to designate
instruments of the violin kind, as tenor viol, bass viol, etc.
Family of Instruments: The
Viol belongs to the family of String instruments.
Medieval Musical Instruments
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Viol, would be used by the musicians
of the period including the Waits,
Troubadours. There were three categories of musical instruments in the Middle Ages - wind, string and
percussion. Terms of description were Bas instruments and Haut instruments. Bas
referred to soft instruments (literally, "low," but referring to volume,
not pitch) which were suitable for the chamber which
included the vielle, rebec and other bowed strings, the lute and other
plucked strings. Haut referred to loud instruments
(literally "high" but referring to volume, not to pitch) which were
suitable for outdoors which included the shawm,
sackbut, pipe and tabor. Read the above history, facts and information about the Viol.
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