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Lirone

 

The other instrument which I would one day love to own and play is the lirone. This instrument was the bass instrument of the lira family popular in the late 16th and early 17th century. Held like a cello, it has between 9 and 16 strings and has a flat bridge, meaning that several strings are played at once so the instrument is used for chordal playing. It was most commonly used for accompanying singers, and would have been one of the continuo instruments used by composers such as Monteverdi. Again there are very few of these instruments currently in the UK.