Saturday baroque: viol variants

Today’s music videos are demonstrations of two uncommon variants on the viol.

The baryton is a large viol with plucked bass strings concealed in the neck. Roland Hutchinson shows how to play it.

The pardessus de viole is a small treble viol, with some strings tuned like a violin’s. It was fashionable in France before the Revolution. Tina Chancey demonstrates.

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