The Hurdy-Gurdy in Eighteenth-Century France, Second Edition

by Robert A. Green

Published by: Indiana University Press

144 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 9 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253024954
  • Published: October 2016


  • eBook
  • 9780253025135
  • Published: October 2016


The hurdy-gurdy, or vielle, has been part of European musical life since the eleventh century. In eighteenth-century France, improvements in its sound and appearance led to its use in chamber ensembles. This new and expanded edition of The Hurdy-Gurdy in Eighteenth-Century France offers the definitive introduction to the classic stringed instrument. Robert A. Green discusses the techniques of playing the hurdy-gurdy and the interpretation of its music, based on existing methods and on his own experience as a performer. The list of extant music includes new pieces discovered within the last decade and provides new historical context for the instrument and its role in eighteenth-century French culture.