Early English Viols: Instruments, Makers and Music

Michael Fleming, John Bryan

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Abstract

Musical repertory of great importance and quality was performed on viols in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England. This is reported by Thomas Mace (1676) who says that ’Your Best Provision’ for playing such music is a chest of old English viols, and he names five early English viol makers than which ’there are no Better in the World’. Enlightened scholars and performers (both professional and amateur) who aim to understand and play this music require reliable historical information and need suitable viols, but so little is known about the instruments and their makers that we cannot specify appropriate instruments with much precision. Our ignorance cannot be remedied exclusively by the scrutiny or use of surviving antique viols because they are extremely rare, they are not accessible to performers and the information they embody is crucially compromised by degradation and alteration. Drawing on a wide variety of evidence including the surviving instruments, music composed for those instruments, and the documentary evidence surrounding the trade of instrument making, Fleming and Bryan draw significant conclusions about the changing nature and varieties of viol in early modern England.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon & New York
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages400
ISBN (Electronic)9781315578392
ISBN (Print)9781472468543 , 9780367229689
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2016

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NameMusic and Material Culture
PublisherRoutledge

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Fleming, M., & Bryan, J. (2016). Early English Viols: Instruments, Makers and Music. (Music and Material Culture). Abingdon & New York: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315578392
Fleming, Michael ; Bryan, John. / Early English Viols : Instruments, Makers and Music. Abingdon & New York : Routledge, 2016. 400 p. (Music and Material Culture).
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