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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

From poet's aid to courtier's pastime: An examination of the shift in visual style and sounding function of Italian viols during the Renaissance
by Mariani, Jacob A., M.A., University of Oregon, 2014, 115; 1566711
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines evidence of the earliest viols in Italy. In light of recent changes in perspective on the origins of the Italian viola da gamba, a new approach to building historical models of the instrument is necessary. By using Castiglione's description of violas as a significant signpost, I have developed a clearer picture of the early viola da gamba's socio-musical context. Using this context, along with my experience as a luthier, I redefine the parameters by which we may interpret the corresponding iconography of the instrument. By relating the building techniques that appear in iconography to our modern knowledge of instrument-making, I expose the differences between building conceptions in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries and those that stem from later "surviving" instruments. Finally, by placing historical models within the musical framework of plausible repertoire, I reveal the ingredients for an updated sense of sound and performance practice.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vanscheeuwijck, Marc
Commitee: Kruckenberg, Lori, Mentzel, Eric
School: University of Oregon
Department: School of Music and Dance
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: European history, Music
Keywords: Iconography, Luthier, Organology, Viella, Viol, Viola da gamba
Publication Number: 1566711
ISBN: 978-1-321-25479-2
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