from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The largest size of the viol, having sometimes as many as 24 strings.
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Of special interest .. is the use of the lirone, the larger relative of the seven-string lira da braccio.
The lirone corresponds to a lira which the poet-improvisor Atalante Migliorotti described in a letter to Francesco Gonzaga in 1505:
The lirone is distinguished from the lira da braccio not only its larger size but also by its greater number of strings and unique tuning which allows the bowing of full sustained chords.
Yet the gentle articulation of period instruments such as the lirone (a bowed string instrument), harpsichord and psaltery beguiled the audience.
Instruments include the rich-toned lirone (a 12-string gamba, played like a cello, that produces multi-string chords), recorders, guitars, harpsichord, theorbos (long-necked lutes) and cornett (a curved, wooden wind instrument not to be confused with the trumpetlike cornet).
Haïm has cherry-picked her singers for this disc, and how thrilling to hear voices as full-bodied as those of Dessay, Di Donato, Gens, Naouri and Villazon accompanied by Le Concert d'Astrée's luxurious bank of lutes, lirone, harp and viola da gambas.
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