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. 9. Al primo vostro sguardo // Segreti Accenti
  7. 8. Ya no les pienso pedir // Blas de Castro
  8. 8. Romance de Moriana // La Viola d'Arc
  9. 8. Prelude II // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  10. 8. Lessons for the Lyra-Viol: Lesson 1 – Almaine // eVIOLution
  11. 8. Lessons for Lyra-Viol: Lesson 9 – Galliard // sCORDAtura
  12. 8. Con la fronte fiorita // Segreti Accenti
  13. 7. UT, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA (Fantasía a tres) // eVIOLution
  14. 7. Mounsiers Almaine // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  15. 7. Lessons for Lyra-Viol: Lesson 8 – Coranto // sCORDAtura
  16. 7. Fabordón del 1er tono llano y Glosado en el tiple // La Viola d'Arc
  17. 7. A coronarse de flores // Blas de Castro
  18. 7. Io vorrei Dio d’amore // Segreti Accenti
  19. 6. Tratado de Clossas: Recercada Quinta // eVIOLution
  20. 6. Lessons for Lyra-Viol: Lesson 8 – Pavin // sCORDAtura
  21. 6. Lasso non è cor mio // Segreti Accenti
  22. 6. Es la causa bien amar // La Viola d'Arc
  23. 6. Away, away // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  24. 6. Ansares y Menga // Blas de Castro
  25. 5. Tratado de Clossas: Recercada Cuarta // eVIOLution
  26. 5. Si tus ojos divinos // Blas de Castro
  27. 5. Sento d’amor // sCORDAtura