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cord made from the intestines of various animals (especially sheep and horses, but not cats). The membrane is chemically treated, and slender strands are woven together into cords of great strength, which are used for stringing musical instruments such as the violin and the harp. Roman strings, imported from Italy, are considered the best for musical instruments. Catgut is also used for stringing tennis rackets and for some surgical sutures.
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cord made from the intestines of small cattle; a surgical sewing material. Catgut is used for internal sutures and for ligating blood vessels during operations. Catgut sutures are sometimes used externally under plaster casts. Catgut is absorbed by the tissues after seven to 30 days. [12–191–]

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A thin cord made from the submucosa of sheep and other animal intestine; used for sutures and ligatures, for strings of musical instruments, and for tennis racket strings. Also known as gut.
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One of the first "aha" moments for Huggett came when she picked up a violin with gut strings instead of the steel-wound strings common on contemporary violins.
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Gut strings on a Stradivarius cello - a special treat - from Steven Isserlis on his performance of Schumann's Cello Concerto.
A We play with very little vibrato, and the gut strings and bows have a very earthy, physical and immediate character.
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The difference wasn't a matter of historically informed performing style - gut strings, lower pitch and less vibrato - but of phrasing, shaping and rubato.
Textures come up bright and clear under Francois-Xavier Roth's conducting of the sparky Les Siecles orchestra, with gut strings so strikingly forward -- and, paradoxically, liberating the winds, not least grunting bassoons, as well as roaring timpani and well-focused brass, to sound so immediate.