Strings

66U0740_2016The strings we use for our performances are all from natural gut, including the bourdon strings (which are dyed in oxidized pigment).

According to sources ranging from the earliest treatises to the most modern studies, the preferred material for making strings seems to be gut or intestines of either goat, sheep, ram or lamb, more specifically the latter two for bourdons and low strings. The manufacturing process of the strings, which consists of cleaning and removing all layers of flesh, treatment, twisting and stretching, is basically consistent in most of the sources. Collagen is the principal component from which the strings were made. Dying the low strings or bourdons with pigments is mentioned in different epochs and time periods. Furthermore, the colour in which the strings are usually depicted, in easily visible iconographical evidence, consistently appears the same throughout.

An organic element such as gut strings, composed of collagen, fat and gelatine remains of animals, brought into tension and vibrating lively by the friction of the bow, is an essential part of the sound production of chordophones. In addition, gut strings contribute in transmitting vibrations to the delicate sound box of the instrument.

9. Sale la blanca aurora // Blas de Castro
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  1. 9. Sale la blanca aurora // Blas de Castro
  2. 9. O gloriosa domina // La Viola d'Arc
  3. 9. Lessons for the Lyra-Viol: Lesson 1 – Coranto // eVIOLution
  4. 9. Lessons for Lyra-Viol: Lesson 9 – Coranto // sCORDAtura
  5. 9. Goe Heavy Thoughts // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  6. 8. Ya no les pienso pedir // Blas de Castro
  7. 8. Romance de Moriana // La Viola d'Arc
  8. 8. Prelude II // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  9. 8. Lessons for the Lyra-Viol: Lesson 1 – Almaine // eVIOLution
  10. 8. Lessons for Lyra-Viol: Lesson 9 – Galliard // sCORDAtura
  11. 7. UT, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA (Fantasía a tres) // eVIOLution
  12. 7. Mounsiers Almaine // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  13. 7. Lessons for Lyra-Viol: Lesson 8 – Coranto // sCORDAtura
  14. 7. Fabordón del 1er tono llano y Glosado en el tiple // La Viola d'Arc
  15. 7. A coronarse de flores // Blas de Castro
  16. 6. Tratado de Clossas: Recercada Quinta // eVIOLution
  17. 6. Lessons for Lyra-Viol: Lesson 8 – Pavin // sCORDAtura
  18. 6. Es la causa bien amar // La Viola d'Arc
  19. 6. Away, away // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  20. 6. Ansares y Menga // Blas de Castro
  21. 5. Tratado de Clossas: Recercada Cuarta // eVIOLution
  22. 5. Si tus ojos divinos // Blas de Castro
  23. 5. Sento d’amor // sCORDAtura
  24. 5. No se puede llamar fe // La Viola d'Arc
  25. 5. Downe, Downe Proud Minde // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  26. 4. Porque alegre venga el Sol // Blas de Castro
  27. 4. Pavin // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace