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Viol players


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    • Gamba players
    • Gambists
    • Viola da gamba players
    • Violists da gamba
    • Violists
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    • found: Work cat.: Hsu, John. It's all about music, 2015:p. 4 of cover (John Hsu, who played the gamba in the Couperin, the cello for the Mozart and who also brought us that nearly forgotten curiosity of the string world, the sweetly nasal and somewhat cumbersome baryton) pp. 52-53 (Donald Grout asked me whether I would be willing to learn to play the viola da gamba if the university were to provide the instrument. ... I decided to schedule my first viola da gamba recital on Monday, April 10, 1961) p. 76 (viol players; gambists) p. 77 (viola da gamba players)
    • found: Cornell University Department of Music website, Dec. 8, 2016(A member of the Cornell music faculty for fifty years, from 1955 until his retirement in 2005, John Hsu is the Old Dominion Foundation Professor of Music, Emeritus. Through the years, he taught lessons in cello and viola da gamba, and courses in music theory, music history and performance practice; world-renown player of the viola da gamba and baryton)
    • found: LCSH, Dec. 8, 2016(Viol players. UF Gamba players; Gambists; Viola da gamba players. BT Bowed stringed instrument players)
    • found: Merriam-Webster dictionary website, Dec. 8, 2016(gambist, plural -s: a performer on the viola da gamba; viola da gamba, plural violas da gamba or viole da gamba: a bass member of the viol family having a range approximating the cello; derived noun: violist da gamba; viol: a bowed stringed instrument chiefly of the 16th and 17th centuries made in treble, alto, tenor, and bass sizes and distinguished from members of the violin family especially in having a deep body, a flat back, sloping shoulders, usually six strings, a fretted fingerboard, and a low-arched bridge)
    • found: Britannica online, Dec. 8, 2016:Viol (Viol, also called viola da gamba, bowed, stringed musical instrument used principally in chamber music of the 16th to the 18th century. Alternative titles: viol family, viola da gamba family)
    • found: Jessica Horsley website, Dec. 8, 2016:biography (Jessica Horsley performs regularly as a violist, both as a soloist and with various European Early Music ensembles. She has worked with groups such as such as Ferrara (Crawford Young) and Gilles Binchois (Dominique Vellard), and was a founder member of the viol consort The Earle His Viols, which specialised in the chromatic and enharmonic music of the early seventeenth century; read music as a Choral Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge (BA), where she was introduced to the world of early music and the viol. After completing a master's degree in Modern History with Russian at the University of London with distinction, Jessica Horsley went on to study the viol with Paolo Pandolfo at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (CH). She was subsequently awarded the prix de perfectionnement in viol with Ariane Maurette at the Conservatoire SupĂ©rieur de Paris (FR))
    • found: Viola da Gamba Society of America website, Dec. 8, 2016:about us (viol players) about the viol (A viol is a bowed string instrument. Similar to the cello, the viol, or viola da gamba, is played between the legs (hence the name 'viola da gamba', literally 'leg-viol'); viol players)
    • found: Wikipedia, Dec. 8, 2016:Viol (A player of the viol is commonly known as a gambist, violist, or violist da gamba. "Violist" shares the spelling, but not the pronunciation, of the word commonly used since the mid-20th century to refer to a player of the viola. It can therefore cause confusion if used in print where context does not clearly indicate that a viol player is meant, though it is entirely unproblematic, and common, in speech)
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