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Name of Instrument: hurdy-gurdy
Maker / Brand: Pouget Pere et Fils
Stearns Catalog #: 1329
Country of Origin: Ardene, France
Region of Origin: Europe
Instrument Category: Chordophone
Date of Fabrication: 10/31/1866
Description: The vielle (originally vielle a roué, or “wheel viol” ) is one of the earliest European instruments. It appears in literature beginning in the tenth century. The vielle, or hurdy gurdy, is in fact a bowed stringed instrument. A rosin-coated wheel is turned by means of a crank and is thus constantly rubbing across the strings. There may be one or two melody strings, and two or more drone strings. The vielle is strapped to the waist of the player, who may be seated or standing. While the right hand turns the crank, the player’s left hand presses sliding keys which shorten or lengthen the melody strings and produce the necessary variety of pitches. Prior to the fifteenth century, the vielle was known as the “organistrum” and was much favored as a church instrument until it was replaced by the organ and banished into secular society.
Research: Stearns Staff
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