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The Early History of the Viol : Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs - Ian Woodfield

The Early History of the Viol

Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs

Paperback Published: 20th June 1988
ISBN: 9780521357432
Number Of Pages: 284

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This book traces the development of the viol from its late medieval Spanish origins to the sixteenth century, when it became the most widely played bowed instrument in western Europe. Ian Woodfield examines the two most important ancestors of the instrument, the Moorish rahab and the vihuela de mano. From these two instruments emerged an early form of viol, the Valencian vihuela de arco, which spread rapidly across the Mediterranean during the papacy of Rodrigo Borgia. The viol was enthusiastically accepted by the d'Este and Gonzaga families and other Italian arbiters before migrating across the Alps and into the rest of Europe. The author discusses all aspects of the viol during its Renaissance hey-day: the growing perfection of viol design at the hands of Italian craftsmen; the gradual evolution of tuning systems; the development of advanced playing techniques and the wide range of music, both solo and consort. The final chapter examines the growth of a viol playing tradition in sixteenth-century England, in particular in the London choir-schools. Dr Woodfield brings iconographic evidence and an interesting approach to this study which will be of interest to musicologists, iconographers, organologists and viol players.

'There is no doubt that this book is now the authoritative treatment of the subject, and will remain so for some time to come.' Times Literary Supplement

List of illustrations
The medieval viol
The Moorish rabab in Aragon
The vihuela de mano
The Valencian viol: its structure, playing techniques and music
The introduction of the viol into Italy
The viol in early sixteenth-century Germany
The structural development of the Italian viol in the sixteenth century
Italian viol tunings
Viol-playing techniques in sixteenth-century Italy
Music for solo viol in sixteenth-century Italy
The viol consort and its music in sixteenth-century Italy
The viol consort in late sixteenth-century Germany
The viol in France and the Low Countries
The viol in sixteenth-century England
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ISBN: 9780521357432
ISBN-10: 0521357438
Series: Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 20th June 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.41 x 16.99  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.45