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The Early History of the Viol


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List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The medieval viol; 2. The Moorish rabab in Aragon; 3. The vihuela de mano; 4. The Valencian viol: its structure, playing techniques and music; 5. The introduction of the viol into Italy; 6. The viol in early sixteenth-century Germany; 7. The structural development of the Italian viol in the sixteenth century; 8. Italian viol tunings; 9. Viol-playing techniques in sixteenth-century Italy; 10. Music for solo viol in sixteenth-century Italy; 11. The viol consort and its music in sixteenth-century Italy; 12. The viol consort in late sixteenth-century Germany; 13. The viol in France and the Low Countries; 14. The viol in sixteenth-century England; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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Dr Woodfield brings iconographic evidence and an interesting approach to this study of the viol 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

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