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Museum of Music History Musical Instruments Collection [H 83.09.]

Viola

Brácsa (Zenetörténeti Múzeum CC BY-NC-SA)
Provenance/Rights: Zenetörténeti Múzeum / Gombos László (CC BY-NC-SA)

Description

Made in Vienna (1761)
Label: Johann – Joseph / Stadl – mann / Königl / Hof Lauten – und geigen / Macher in Wienn 1761
The viola is slightly larger than a violin in size and has a lower and deeper sound than a violin. Since the 18th century it has been the middle voice of the violin family, between the violin (which is tuned a perfect fifth above it) and the cello (which is tuned an octave below it). The technique required for playing a viola has certain differences compared with that of a violin, partly because of its larger size: the notes are spread out farther along the fingerboard and often require different fingerings.

Material/Technique

Top plate: spruce; back plate made of one piece, ribs and scroll: maple

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Object from: Museum of Music History

- Since its foundation in 1969, the Institute of Music of the Hungarian Academy of Arts and Sciences has been collecting objects related to the ...

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