viola da gamba

vi·​o·​la da gam·​ba | \ vē-ˌō-lə-də-ˈgäm-bə How to pronounce viola da gamba (audio) , -ˈgam- How to pronounce viola da gamba (audio) \
plural violas da gamba\ vē-​ˌō-​ləz-​də-​ How to pronounce viola da gamba (audio) \ or viole da gamba\ vē-​ˌō-​(ˌ)lā-​ How to pronounce viola da gamba (audio) \

Definition of viola da gamba

: a bass member of the viol family having a range approximating the cello

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Other Words from viola da gamba

violist da gamba \ vē-​ˌō-​lis(t)-​də-​ How to pronounce viola da gamba (audio) \ noun

Examples of viola da gamba in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Incarnation concert featured viola da gamba sonatas by J.S. Bach (in D major, BWV 1028) and his son Carl Philip Emanuel Bach (in C major, H. 558). Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2021 Period instruments supplied lovely sonorities: silvery violins and viola da gamba, a wonderfully dense-toned wooden flute, mellow oboes, and trumpets that brightened the ensemble without dominating it. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 19 Apr. 2021 Privately, however, the artist much preferred painting bucolic landscapes—a penchant reflected in his letter about the viola da gamba. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Apr. 2021 So Howard wrote music for old, hard-to-tune instruments such as the viola da gamba and cello d’amore and gut-string violin. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2021 They are set to music which is haunting but simple, driven by a cello and a viola da gamba. R.l., The Economist, 27 Sep. 2019 Sarah Cunningham is one of the leading performers of the viola da gamba, an early string instrument popular in Renaissance and Baroque music. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 29 Aug. 2019 Similarly expressive were the singing tones of Jaap ter Linden’s viola da gamba on a sonata by J.S. Bach’s son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, 2 Aug. 2019 Next on the program is a second Baroque ensemble, consisting of Tema Silk, soprano, Mark Silk, flute, Monika Kinstler, violin, Laura Mazza-Dixon, viola da gamba, Jennifer Mayo Curran, viola, and Anne Mayo, harpsichord. Courant Community, 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of viola da gamba

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viola da gamba

Italian, leg viol

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The first known use of viola da gamba was in 1597

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12 Oct 2021

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“Viola da gamba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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