Enrico Onofri playing viola d’amore

Enrico Onofri playing viola d'amore

The viola d’amore (English: love viol) is a 7- or 6-stringed musical instrument with sympathetic strings used chiefly in the baroque period. Like violin or viola, it is played under the chin in the same manner. The instrument was especially popular in the late 17th century, although a specialized viola d’amore player would have been highly unusual, since it was customary for professional musicians to play a number of instruments, especially within the family of the musician’s main instrument. Later, the instrument fell from use, as the volume and power of the violin family became preferred over the delicacy and sweetness of the viol family. However, there has been renewed interest in the viola d’amore in the last century. The viola players Henri Casadesus (30 September 1879, Paris – 31 May 1947, Paris; violist, viola d’amore player, and music publisher) and Paul Hindemith (16 November 1895 – 28 December 1963, the German composer, violist, violinist, teacher and conductor) both played the viola d’amore in the early 20th century, and the film composer Bernard Herrmann (born Max Herman; June 29, 1911 – December 24, 1975; the American composer known for his work in composing for motion pictures) made use of it in several scores. It may be noted that, like instruments of the violin family, the modern viola d’amore was altered slightly in structure from the baroque version, mainly to support the extra tension of steel wound strings.

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