Vihuela


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Vihuela

 

in Spain, the general name for a family of stringed instruments, used with additional specific designations: vihuela de arco (fiddle in the 13th-15th centuries, viola de gamba in the 16th century); vihuela de pendula (quitara battente up to the 15th century, now the common guitar); and vihuela de mano (arm viol), a plucked instrument similar to the guitar in shape and playing method but with a slightly protuberant back. The vihuela had five to seven strings and was used for accompaniment and solo work. Performance on the vihuela de mano reached its peak in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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As the 16-member ensemble launches into a particularly romantic song, local high school mariachi teacher John Contreras rocks rhythmically nearby, a small vihuela (an instrument similar to a guitar) at his side.
The exception was Spain, where the guitar-shaped vihuela de [sic] mano suddenly took its place.
The soundtracks feature both traditional western instruments and those native to the nations they represent, with African Kalimba, Mexican Vihuela (a small 5-string guitar), and Indian tabla alongside acoustic and baritone guitars.
The band has grown to 9 members with all the essential and traditional instruments: violin, trumpet, guitarron (bass), vihuela (five string guitar) and guitar.
Critical edition of the prologue written in 1578 in the book Obras de musica para tecla arpa y vihuela de Antonio Cabecon.
The May schedule is Wednesday and Saturday, trumpet; May 19 and May 22, Irish tin whistle; and May 26 and May 29, vihuela (Spanish guitar).
I played the guitar, the vihuela, the guitaron, the trumpet, the violin and (sang) the vocals.
At some time I would like to take up an early ancestor of the guitar, the vihuela, because it still is not well known and there is some great music out there just waiting to be performed and recorded.
The instruments to be introduced by WorldSource, which are popular in both South and Central America, include: the guitar, mandolin, vihuela, requinto, bajo quinto and bajo sexto, and cuatro.
Pero en esto no hacia yo nada ni en sufrir golpes de una disciplina de cuerdas de vihuela, nada blanda, tan bien dados que apenas podia sufrirlos.
The minimum mariachi group features the violin and trumpet and two instruments used only in mariachi music--the vihuela, a small, five-string guitar; and the guitarron, a guitar-like bass.
That exchange of cultural, musical and linguistic knowledge makes for a vibrant learning experience, said junior Angie Perez, who grew up singing mariachi music and playing the piano, but chose to learn the vihuela for the school band.