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Lyra viol

Frank Traficante

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 small bass Viol popular in England during the 17th century. As an instrument it differed little from the standard consort bass viol. Its importance rests on the large, specialized and musically valuable repertory which was written for it.

Of great historical significance is the position which the lyra viol holds as the connecting link between two aesthetic ideals of instrumental sound and function. It could approximate to the polyphonic textures and self-accompaniment capabilities which

Keywords: Structural characteristics; Sources and nature of the repertory; Notation; Tuning; Ornament signs

Reference Entry.  2369 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music

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