Viols and other historic bowed string instruments

Murray Campbell, Patsy Campbell

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This chapter begins with a short survey of the musical and acoustical properties of some of the more important medieval bowed string instruments. The nature of the viols that were made and played in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries is then described, and the evolution that led to the instruments written for by Baroque composers such as Couperin, Handel and Bach is charted. Results of recent scientific investigations of these instruments are presented and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Science of String Instruments
EditorsThomas D. Rossing
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4419-7110-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4419-7109-8
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Acoustics
  • String instruments
  • viol


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