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  • Laurence Libin


A novel, five-string bowed instrument like a viola but having an asymmetrical body and additional low E string. Introduced in 1996 by the Parisian luthier Bernard Sabatier, the arpegina derived its name from a conflation of arpeggione and ‘Gina’ (Lollobrigida, an Italian actress), the latter in view of the arpegina’s voluptuous shape. Championed by the violist Jean-Paul Minali-Bella, its repertoire consists mainly of transcriptions but includes three tangos (...

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