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bass viol

(bās vī`əl), properly, the largest instrument of the violviol,
family of bowed stringed instruments, the most important ensemble instruments from the 15th to the 17th cent. The viol's early history is indefinite, but it is recognizable in depictions from as early as the 11th cent. During the second half of the 17th cent.
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 family. The term now refers most often to the double bassdouble bass,
bowed stringed musical instrument, the contrabass of the modern orchestral string section. It originated as a double-bass viol, an instrument described as early as 1566. A true double-bass violin appeared during the 18th cent.
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He also records that his uncle paid 2s Od and his father, William (III), 2s 6d on behalf of the singers towards the purchase of a bass viol for the church band; John Holmes contributed is 6d.
Indeed, discussing the movie in National Review, John Simon writes, "I know of no sounds less bearable than those of baroque music, unless it be baroque music played on one, two, or three bass viols, than which I can think of nothing more base and vile" (54).
16), the taxpayer bought a 17th century bass viol made by Ruggeri (a contemporary of Stradivari) for use in the business of playing the viol professionally.
The 40-strong choir will be directed by Jeffrey Skidmore and will be accompanied by two organs, two theorbos, a bass viol, and a great bass viol.
The meat of the programme was Bach's great organ Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor (played in A Minor) featuring a Great Bass Viol whose deep sonorities underpinned an imaginative transcription , featuring more varied techniques - such as pizzicatos tossed from player to player - plus lively dynamics.
Also, the Roses are notably sonorous, not least because of their extensive use of the great bass viol, which provides such a rich underpinning.
The duo obbligato for the "Simphonie de rossignol" in L'ile de Delos is scored for two flutes (also conceivably for flute and violin), and the bass viol is also given some solo work in this cantata.
Sue and Martin Bates set up the trust in memory of their son and have kindly loaned me a bass viol.
The difference in size between a piccolo and a bass viol will be readily apparent to audience members who go on a "symphonic safari" during Arts Umbrella's annual "Community Guide to the Orchestras" at the Lane County Fairgrounds at 7 p.
Quartets more commonly use three treble instruments or assign the third obbligato part to a bass instrument (cello, bass viol, or bassoon).
Floral floats were interspersed with West Indians hip-swinging in black-and-yellow polka dot costumes, marching bands dressed like Arab sheikhs, Mexicans in sombreros and jigging Hungarians, one carrying a bass viol strapped to his back.