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hurdy-gurdy,

musical instrument with three strings, caused to vibrate by a wooden wheel turned by a crank. Stopping was accomplished by keys that usually affected only one string that played the melody, the others acting as drones. Usually two players were required. First described in the 10th cent., it was widely used in the Middle Ages, and survived in the works of Vivaldi, Haydn, and Mozart.

hurdy-gurdy

1. any mechanical musical instrument, such as a barrel organ
2. a medieval instrument shaped like a viol in which a rosined wheel rotated by a handle sounds the strings
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The vielle a roue player Gaston Guillemain, for example, born in 1877 in Le Chatelet in the Berry region (his statue in the village is said to be the only one in the world of a hurdy-gurdy player), played in duets with his father and older brother Lucien, both cornemuse players, and he and Lucien went to Paris in the 1920s and made a number of recordings for the Odeon label.
He prefers to show off his home-made hurdy-gurdy instead.
Think Robyn Hitchcock backed by a theremin and a hurdy-gurdy and you'll get the idea.
The Peasant Wedding uses a hurdy-gurdy, a bagpipe, and various vocal yelps from the musicians to recreate a riotous wedding scene.
If you went into the other room you'd see a whole shelf of wacky instruments: a hurdy-gurdy, various hammer dulcimers, train whistles, ocarinas, music boxes, antique crank toys that make musical sounds.
There they acquired a pristine remake of a medieval hurdy-gurdy, which was followed by an Autoharp.
She ends up as a street singer, playing her hurdy-gurdy.
Nothing evokes a carnival mood as instantly as a hurdy-gurdy tune.
Bruce Hobbs is not involved in the big race but does well as Hurdy-Gurdy (Caroline Blackwell), owned by her rider's father, wins the ladies' race from Legal Tender (Staff Ingham/Brooke Sanders) and Le Patron (John Gorton) wins the juvenile maiden from London Glory (Michael Jarvis/Bruce Raymond).
By 1852, there was a real town here with more than 150 permanent wooden structures: 40 saloons, gambling, fandango and hurdy-gurdy halls, three theaters, 17 general stores, eight hotels and an assortment of other businesses.
not crank the hurdy-gurdy, not thrust my arm out of whack - snarl the muscles, strain the delicate cord of nerves in my neck.
The thrid Indian decan of Gemini is represented in this manuscript as an armed man who has four instruments to his left: a mandola, a fiddle, a hurdy-gurdy and a harp.