The hurdy-gurdy, or vielle, has been part of European musical life since the eleventh century. In eighteenth-century France, improvements in its sound and appearance led to its use in chamber ensembles. This new and expanded edition of The Hurdy-Gurdy in Eighteenth-Century France offers the definitive introduction to the classic stringed instrument. Robert A. Green discusses the techniques of playing the hurdy-gurdy and the interpretation of its music, based on existing methods and on his own experience as a performer. The list of extant music includes new pieces discovered within the last decade and provides new historical context for the instrument and its role in eighteenth-century French culture.
Introduction to the Second Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
1. Historical Background
2. The Music
3. Musical Interpretation and Performance
4. The Repertory
5. The Vielle in the Literature of Seventeenth- and Eigteenth-Century France
Appendix: Translation of the Avertissements in Works by Jean-Baptiste Dupuits
“This book will be of value to anyone researching or intending to play the instrument and its delightful music.”
The hurdy-gurdy is currently enjoying a renaissance in early music circles. The second edition of Green's book offers an update that includes valuable new insights and is sure to inspire future performers to delve into the repertoire and performance practices of the period.