Category: Music History

tenebrae

Tenebrae

Tenebrae is a somewhat fanciful name given to the Matins and Lauds service of the last three days of Holy Week, owing to the ceremonial extinction of the lights, which goes on increasingly through...

quadrille

Quadrille

Quadrille (German Contretanz) The quadrille is a dance executed by an equal number of couples drawn up in a square. The name (which is derived from the Italian squadra), was originally not solely applied...

theorbo

History of the Theorbo

(Fr. Theobe, Tuorbe; Ital. Tiorba or Tuorba, also Arciliuto.) The Theorbo is a large necked lute with two sets of tuning pegs, the lower set holding the strings which lie over the fretted fingerboard,...

serpent

Musical Instrument: The Serpent

(Eng. and Fr.; Germ. Schlangenrohr; Ital. Serpentone). The Serpent is now an obsolete instrument forming the natural bass of the ancient cornet family, played with a cupped mouthpiece similar to that of the bass...

magadis

Magadis

The magadis was an ancient Greek instrument, knowledge of which is almost wholly derived from a passage in the fourteenth book of Athenaeus, in which the scattered references to it in Greek literature are...

violin

Brief Genealogical History of the Violin

The generic terms for instruments in the violin family include rebec, rubebe, gigue, viols of all kinds, violin, viola, violoncello, violone. These were portable instruments of different sizes constructed on the common principle of...

Zinke

History of the Zinke

The Zinke, also called the Cornetto or Cornet a Bouquin, is one of the oldest instruments known. It consists of a wooden tube, slightly conical, covered with leather, having six holes for the fingers,...

lute

Music Instruments: History of the Lute

A lute is a large and beautiful stringed instrument with a long neck and fretted fingerboard. It was used greatly at one time but is now obsolete. In mediaeval Latin the lute is called...

Morris Dance

History of the Morris Dance

A Morris is a sort of pageant, accompanied with dance, called Morris dance. It was probably derived from the Morisco, a Moorish dance formerly popular in Spain and France. Although the name points to...

Neapolitan mandolin

Music Instruments: Mandolin

The mandolin is a small and very beautifully formed stringed instrument of the lute kind, with deeper convexity of back than the lute. It is, as its name implied, less in size than the...