viola da gamba

noun
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 violas da gamba (audio) \ or viole da gamba\ vē-​ˌō-​(ˌ)lā-​ How to pronounce viole da gamba (audio) \

Definition of viola da gamba

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from viola da gamba

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

Examples of viola da gamba in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They are set to music which is haunting but simple, driven by a cello and a viola da gamba. R.l., The Economist, "Thousands of people wrote to Marie Stopes about sex and birth control," 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, baltimoresun.com, "Top Baltimore arts events for fall 2019," 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, "Review: Early Music Festival brings fresh energy to old sounds," 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, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 17 Apr. 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'viola da gamba.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of viola da gamba

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viola da gamba

Italian, leg viol

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about viola da gamba

Time Traveler for viola da gamba

Time Traveler

The first known use of viola da gamba was in 1597

See more words from the same year

Statistics for viola da gamba

Cite this Entry

“Viola da gamba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/viola%20da%20gamba. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on viola da gamba

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about viola da gamba

Comments on viola da gamba

What made you want to look up viola da gamba? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!