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date: 10 December 2019


  • Laurence Libin


Bowed string instrument envisioned by the Secessionist artist and designer Adalbert Niemeyer (b Warburg, Germany, 15 April 1867; d Munich, Germany, 21 June 1932) in the late 19th century. Its body was half a coconut, and it had a skin soundtable, a long neck, and a single string. It was related to the ‘Jap fiddle’ and other one-string novelty fiddles of British and American dance halls. In ...

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