Viola da braccio
Viola Vi"o*la, n. [It. See {Viol}.] (Mus.) An instrument in form and use resembling the violin, but larger, and a fifth lower in compass. [1913 Webster]

{Viola da braccio} [It., viol for the arm], the tenor viol, or viola, a fifth lower than the violin. Its part is written in the alto clef, hence it is sometimes called the {alto}.

{Viola da gamba} [It., viol for the leg], an instrument resembling the viola, but larger, and held between the knees. It is now rarely used.

{Viola da spalla} [It., viol for the shoulder], an instrument formerly used, resembling the viola, and intermediate in size between the viola and the viola da gamba.

{Viola di amore} [It., viol of love: cf. F. viole d'amour], a viol, larger than the viola, having catgut strings upon, and brass or steel wires under, the keyboard. These, sounding sympathetically with the strings, yield a peculiarly soft and silvery sound. It is now seldom used. [1913 Webster]


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  • Viola da Braccio — („Armviola”, von italienisch braccio = „Arm“) ist der allgemeine Name für die Familie der Streichinstrumente in Violinform (siehe Geige/Violine). Gleichzeitig bezeichnet der Name auch das Streichinstrument Bratsche/Viola. Die Familie der Viola da …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • viola da braccio — [vē ō′lədə brä′chō] n. [It, lit., viol for the arm] an early stringed instrument of the viol family, comparable in range to the viola …   English World dictionary

  • Viola da braccio — El ángel del primer término toca una viola da gamba y el del fondo una viola da braccio. La viola da braccio es el nombre con el que se denominó en Italia a la viola de arco que se apoya en el pecho o en el hombro para diferenciarlo de la viola… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Viola da braccio — Au premier plan une viola da gamba, au second plan une viola da braccio ; détail du Retable d Issenheim de Mathias Grünewald …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Viola da Braccio — Vi|o|la da Brac|cio [ da brat̮ʃo ], die; , …le [ital. viola da braccio = Armgeige]: in Armhaltung gespieltes Streichinstrument, bes. Bratsche. * * * Viola da Braccio   [v , brattʃo; italienisch »Armgeige«] die, /...le , Sammelname für die im 2.… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Viola da Braccio — Vi|o|la da Brac|cio [ bratʃo] die; , ...le <aus it. viola da braccio »Armgeige«> in Armhaltung gespieltes Saiteninstrument, bes. Bratsche …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • viola da braccio — /vee oh leuh deuh brah choh/, pl. viola da braccios. an old musical instrument of the viol family, held against the shoulder like a violin: superseded by the modern viola. [ < It: lit., viola for the arm] * * * …   Universalium

  • viola da braccio — [vɪˌəʊlə da brα:tʃɪəʊ] noun an early musical instrument of the violin family (as distinct from a viol), specifically one corresponding to the modern viola. Origin Ital., lit. viol for the arm …   English new terms dictionary

  • viola da braccio — /vioʊlə də ˈbratʃioʊ/ (say veeohluh duh brahcheeoh) noun an old musical instrument of the viol family, held against the shoulder like a violin, superseded by the modern viola. {Italian: literally, viol for the arm} …   Australian English dictionary

  • viola da braccio — noun a member of the viol family with approximately the range of a viola • Hypernyms: ↑viol …   Useful english dictionary

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