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