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David D. Boyden

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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A term used to denote the Soundpost of instruments of the violin and viol families. In certain French sources, the bow also is called the ‘soul’ of the instrument. L'abbé le fils (Principes du violon, 1761) wrote: ‘On peut appeller l’archet L'Ame de l'Instrument qu'il touche’ (‘one can call the bow the soul of the instrument it touches’). Italians use the same term: anima.

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Subjects: Music

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