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.