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  • chris birch wrote on May 25, 2010 report

    "The viola is the least understood and respected of orchestral stringed instruments".

    How true! So much so that the viola d'amore gets described as its "baroque precursor".

    Wrong on all counts. The baroque precursor of the viola was - surprise, surprise - the baroque viola,
    the main difference was length and angle of neck and the use of gut strings (exclusively until around 1660).

    The baroque viola d'amore was not a precursor of anything except the modern viola d'amore.

    This is as bad as the description at Edgar Meyer's site of the [viola] "da gamba" as a a "violin like-precursor to the double-bass".

    The viola da gamba is/was not a precursor to anything, and is not violin-like.

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