Pardessus de viole

Pardessus de viole

The pardessus de viole is the smallest and (naturally) the highest-pitched member of the viol family of instruments. It was invented around the year 1700. It is a bowed string instrument with either five or six strings and a fretted neck. The pardessus first appeared in the early 18th century, and was commonly played by women, particularly in French-speaking countries. Image: wikipedia

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