double bass viol


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 edition, 2007

called also violone

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First Known Use of double bass viol

1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Double bass viol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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