Viola da braccio (It.)
- Peter Holman
A 16th- and 17th-century term for a member of the Violin family. ‘Da braccio’ (‘on the arm’), as opposed to ‘da gamba’ (‘on the leg’), was one of the ways the generic word viola was qualified in 16th-century Italian to distinguish the violin from the viol. At this stage it was usually applied to the complete family: in the printed score of Monteverdi's ...