Definition of viola da braccio in English:

viola da braccio

noun

  • An early musical instrument of the violin family (as distinct from a viol), specifically one corresponding to the modern viola.

    • ‘It is important to note that all these centers brought forth from 1540 until 1780 violas da gamba and violas da braccio of a quality unequalled to this very day.’
    • ‘Instruments came to America early with the Moravians; by 1742 Bethlehem had flutes, violins, violas da braccio, violas da gamba, and horns.’
    • ‘The viola da braccio appeared during the Renaissance before 1500 as a result of experiments to combine features of the rebec and vielle.’
    • ‘The stalls are arranged in two semicircles, and among their decorations are represented 24 instruments, such as the hurdy-gurdy, Basque drum, lute, shawm, flute, viola da braccio, bells.’
    • ‘Maker and restorer of violas da gamba, medieval fiddles, violone, lirone, lira da braccio, violas da braccio, and Baroque stringed instruments.’

Origin

Italian, literally ‘viol for the arm’.

Pronunciation

viola da braccio

/vɪˌəʊlə da ˈbrɑːtʃɪəʊ/