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The Viol

History of an Instrument

By Annette Otterstedt

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History of an Instrument. Composed by Annette Otterstedt. Hardback. Book. 294, zahlr. Abb. pages. Baerenreiter Verlag #BVK01151. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BVK01151).

Item Number: BA.BVK01151

ISBN 9790006310135. 24.5 x 17.7 cm inches. Translation: Hans Reiners.

The successful book by Annette Otterstedt ,Die Gambe . Kulturgeschichte und praktischer Ratgeberis made available in an English version .
The author has revised the original edition thoroughly, taking in the most recent results of research, which is particularly obvious in the enlarged chapters on the early history of the instrument, women playing the viols, the practice of viol consort, transposition and pitch, and a newly added chapter on the 20th-century viol. This is not merely a standard work for viol players and early music enthusiasts: it is as yet without equal as a brilliantly written, exemplary introduction into the world of an instrument.

  • How strange the tone of these old istruments 
  • men must have been half crickets when this music satisfied them! Applied to well-known persons living in the Golden Age of the noble viola da gamba family, such as Queen Elzabeth I, the pirate Sir Francis Drake and the ruffian Essex, the term crickets is  
  • slightly contemptible 
  • would-be cello. Which is what it was, and should be, least of all. So why not get the instrument`s own sory, together with what Elizabethan courtiers and European contemporaries thought about it? This book is a compendium and a practical guide for musicia 
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