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Viol Player by Gainsborough
Public DomainViol Player by Gainsborough
Also known as Viola da Gamba, the viol was a very popular stringed instrument of the Baroque and Renaissance periods.   It comes in various sizes, and the larger instruments are played like a cello, resting on the floor.   Unlike the violin family, it is strung with gut to produce a softer tone, and tuned in fourths like a modern guitar.


Pieces de Violes by Marin Marais

Suite for three Violes by Jerome Hantai