Apr. 28th, 2017

rebec

Apr. 28th, 2017 07:38 am
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rebec or rebeck (REE-bek, REH-bek) - n., (music) a pear-shaped, usually three-stringed medieval instrument, played with a bow.


Ancestor or uncle of the violin, played under the chin or against the chest. Pear-shaped might better be described as lute-shaped, if that helps you visualize it better. Or this might be even better:

Rebec played by an angel

In use in Arabic classical music since at least the 9th century, introduced into Europe via Spain, and popular there from the 13th to 16th centuries. Note that the body was made of a solid carved piece of wood. The name was adopted in the 15th century from French, from Old French, alteration (influenced by bec, beak, from its shape) of rebebe, from Old Provençal rebeb, from Arabic rabāb, from rabba, to be master/control, Semitic root rbb (the same as rabbi).

And that wraps up 5x5s -- back next week with the usual mix.

---L.

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