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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.

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'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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