One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A bass instrument of the viol family; a viola da gamba.
- ‘Acting as his lyre, he has two obbligato bass viols which creates a series of remarkable timbres.’
- ‘One of the commonest consorts in the Elizabethan period was the combination of treble viol or violin, flute or recorder, bass viol, lute, cittern, and bandora.’
- ‘Most of the score is lame, but the musical theme - arranged for violin, viola, and bass viol - is suitably stark and creepy.’
- ‘They were both masters of the bass viol, and indeed of composition.’
- ‘He is a Finn, and he plays the bass viol.’
- 1.1North American A double bass.
- ‘The bass viol, in particular, is more than just a matter of the fingers, but rather of cradling the instrument with the whole body.’
- ‘Did this aspect of the literature shape your thinking at all when writing a concerto for the bass viol?’
- ‘Up to a dozen of these particular clamps would be used when gluing up the body of a cello or a bass viol.’
- ‘Among instruments, the lowest-pitched member of a family is referred to as the bass, for example, the bass recorder or bass viol.’
- ‘They were built in several sizes, and a bass viol looks much like a cello.’
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