Evidence-based reconstruction of a Spanish Renaissance vihuela de arco and its “Andalusian” playing technique.

Hirsch, Thilo (4 July 2019). Evidence-based reconstruction of a Spanish Renaissance vihuela de arco and its “Andalusian” playing technique. (Unpublished). In: 47th Medieval & Renaissance Music Conference 2019. Schola Cantorum Basiliensis / FHNW, Leonhardstrasse 6, CH-4051 Basel. Basel, 3.–6.7. 2019.

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In addition to the wonderful frescoes with music-making angels from 1476, which were rediscovered only in 2004, in the Cathedral of Valencia also can be found other representations of string instruments. Of particular note is a wooden sculpture of an angel playing vihuela de arco (Yáñez de la Almedina, ca. 1514). The investigation of this three-dimensionally presented vihuela de arco in connection with other iconographic sources, the extensive knowledge gained in a research projects at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (SCB) on the internal construction of early string instruments (www.rimab.ch) enabled the evidence-based reconstruction of a Spanish vihuela de arco. Music ethnological studies on traditional andalusi-music in Morocco and there upright playing technique of Rabab, Violin and Viola, which corresponds to the iconography of the vihuela de arco, where important sources for the development of the playing technique. (This lecture contains also a practical demonstration of the reconstructed vihuela de arco.)

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg)
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Musicology

Graduate School:

Graduate School of the Arts (GSA)
Graduate School of the Humanities (GSH)

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Hirsch, Thilo


700 Arts
700 Arts > 780 Music




Thilo Hirsch

Date Deposited:

03 Apr 2020 14:39

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:36

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Musikwissenschaft, Organologie, Viola da gamba



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