double bass viol

noun

Definition of double bass viol

:a very large member of the viol family tuned an octave below the bass viol
  • Probably only toward the end of the sixteenth century was a true, six-string, double bass viol … developed that was large enough to have strings capable of sounding at sixteen-foot pitch throughout its range.
  • —Jeffery Kite-Powell, ed., A Performer's Guide to Renaissance Music, 2nd edition2007
called also violone

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First Known Use of double bass viol

1837


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