viola da braccio


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vi·o·la da brac·cio

 (vē-ō′lə də brä′chō)
n. pl. viola da braccios
A stringed instrument of the violin family with approximately the range of the viola.

[Italian : viola, viol + da, of, for + braccio, arm.]

viola da braccio

(vɪˈəʊlə də ˈbrætʃɪˌəʊ)
n
1. (Instruments) an old name for viola11
2. (Instruments) a type of viol held on the shoulder, from which the modern viola was developed
[from Italian, literally: viol for the arm]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.viola da braccio - a member of the viol family with approximately the range of a violaviola da braccio - a member of the viol family with approximately the range of a viola
viol - any of a family of bowed stringed instruments that preceded the violin family
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An early use of a viola in a public concert dates from Christmas Day, 1743, when the Moravian settlement in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, used a violin, viola da braccio, viola da gamba, flutes, and French horns in a worship service.
Veronese, himself an enthusiastic performer on the viola da braccio, has them playing not only at The Marriage Feast at Cana but, always sumptuous, also at The Supper at Emmaus.
Instead he sweeps his bow across his anachronistic viola da braccio, and high into the air, as he concludes a rapt lament for his lost love, now commemorated only by the laurels on his brow.