viola da gamba

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

Definition of viola da gamba 

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

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violist da gamba \vē-ˌō-lis(t)-də- \ noun

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Melinda Becker, mezzo-soprano; Susie Fong, harpsichord; Hallie Marshall-Pridham, viola da gamba and baroque cello; Tatiana Senderowicz, theorbo and baroque guitar. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 31 May 2018 Performers wielding a copious assortment of electronic gear — along with acoustic outliers like a viola da gamba or a church organ — played at night in clubs and other venues in downtown Durham late last week. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "At Moogfest, Electronics Stimulate Ears and Emotions," 21 May 2018 Letitia Berlin, recorder; David Morris, viola da gamba; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 31 May 2018 Third on the program will be the quartet composed of Monika Kinstler, violin, Deborah Robin, recorder, Laura Mazza-Dixon, viola da gamba, and Anne Mayo, harpsichord. Courant Community, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 17 Apr. 2018 Set within the whole was a stylish continuo group consisting of Craig Trompeter, cello and viola da gamba; Michael Beattie, organ; and Daniel Swenberg, theorbo. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Joan of Arc lives anew, reimagined in Amy Beth Kirsten's 'Savior'," 27 Mar. 2018 Gone is her ancient viola da gamba (until now, a calling card); on this LP, her voice is the only earthly sound. Jon Pareles, Jon Caramanica, Caryn Ganz, Elysa Gardner, Giovanni Russonello And Simon Vozick-levinson, New York Times, "Pop and Jazz Fall Preview: 66 Albums, Shows and Festivals," 8 Sep. 2017 Gone is her ancient viola da gamba (until now, a calling card) Jon Pareles, Jon Caramanica, Caryn Ganz, Elysa Gardner, Giovanni Russonello And Simon Vozick-levinson, New York Times, "Pop and Jazz Fall Preview: 66 Albums, Shows and Festivals," 8 Sep. 2017

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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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