viola da gamba

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viola da gamba:

see 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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viola da gamba

the second largest and lowest member of the viol family
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It is to Ludwig Christian Hesse that the Guntersberg edition of Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera-ballet Les Surprise de l'amour transcribed for two Violas da gamba owes its existence.