Vielle à roue

Vielle à roue

1700s

made by

Pajot of Jánzat

(French)

Overall: 74 x 33 cm (29 1/8 x 13 in.)

The Charles G. King, Jr. Collection. Gift of Ralph King in memory of Charles G. King, Jr. 1918.378

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Also known as a “hurdy-gurdy” or “wheel fiddle,” this instrument produces sound by a hand crank-turned rosined wheel rubbing against the strings.

Description

The instrumentalist could play melodies on the keyboard that presses tangents against one or more strings. Often there are also multiple drone strings, which give a constant pitch accompaniment to the melody, resulting in a sound similar to that of bagpipes.

This type of instrument is depicted in several artworks in the CMA collection: 1924.656, 2008.34.2, 1960.20.

The vielle à roue is also related to the Swedish nyckelharpa, which was featured on the CMA performing arts series in 2017 played by Emilia Amper.

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