Viola da spalla
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • viola da spalla — dəˈspälə noun (plural viole da spalla) Etymology: Italian, shoulder viol : a cello carried in processions by a shoulder strap * * * viola da spalla /spälˈla/ noun (Ital, for the shoulder) a bigger form of tenor viol • • • Main Entry: ↑viol …   Useful english dictionary

  • viola da spalla — ит. [вио/ла да спа/лла] плечевая виола (разновидн. виолы да браччо) см. также viola bastarda …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Viola da gamba — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Violoncello da spalla — Viola pomposa Pour les articles homonymes, voir Viola (homonymie). La viola pomposa était un instrument à cordes frottées de la famille des ténors, d une longueur d environ 60 centimètres et se tenant sur l épaule comme l alto et le violon. Les… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Viola di collo — Viola pomposa Pour les articles homonymes, voir Viola (homonymie). La viola pomposa était un instrument à cordes frottées de la famille des ténors, d une longueur d environ 60 centimètres et se tenant sur l épaule comme l alto et le violon. Les… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Viola di amore — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Viola pomposa — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Viola (homonymie). Violoncello da spalla La viola pomposa appelé aussi Violoncello da spalla, était un instrument à cordes frottées de la famille …   Wikipédia en Français

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