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Rebec [rebeck, rebecke, rebekke] (Fr. rebec, rebecq, rebecquet, rebet; Ger. Rebec; It. rebeca, ribeca; Lat. rebeca, rebecum; Sp. rabé, rabel, rebequin)locked

  • Mary Remnant


A bowed instrument with gut strings, normally with a vaulted back and tapering outline. Derived from the Byzantine lūrā and the Arab Rabāb, rebec-type instruments have been known in Europe under different names and in various shapes from the late 10th century or early 11th to the present day, but their use in art music was chiefly during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. In the Hornbostel-Sachs classification system the rebec is classed as a bowed lute (or fiddle)....

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Early Music
M. Praetorius: Syntagma musicum, i (Wittenberg and Wolfenbüttel, 1614-15, 2/1615/R); ii (Wolfenbüttel, 1618, 2/1619/R; Eng. trans., 1986, 2/1991); iii (Wolfenbüttel, 1618, 2/1619/R)
Strasbourg, Bibliothèque Municipale
Proceedings of the Royal Musical Association
Galpin Society Journal
London, British Library
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society
R.M.A. [Royal Musical Association] Research Chronicle
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Journal of the Viola da Gamba Society of America
S. Virdung: Musica getutscht (Basle, 1511/R)