gam·​ba | \ ˈgäm-bə How to pronounce gamba (audio) , ˈgam- How to pronounce gamba (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Accompanying instrumentalists -- two violins, a gamba, two theorbos (bass lutes), baroque harp and two harpsichords -- are divided at back corners of the stage. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Coming-of-age story packs an emotional wallop with its premiere at opera festival," 18 June 2019 His orchestra of 25 players included a dozen strings, pairs of recorders and cornets, harp, dulcian (bassoon) and gamba, with two harpsichords and four chitarrone again anchoring the continuo group. John Von Rhein,, "Gardiner's Monteverdi cycle concludes with triumphant 'Poppea'," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of gamba

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gamba

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“Gamba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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