three-stringed love


from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having three strings: said of musical instruments: as, a three-stringed viol.


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  • Played on the eponymous three-stringed, pear-shaped instrument (it looks like a small violin, but is held upright on the knee and bowed horizontally) and accompanied by verses of rhyming couplets (or mantinades) that are "rapped", Crete's musical legacy has a rough quality – not unlike tsikoudia, the local firewater that's served at lyra gigs.

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  • Started by phin three-stringed, pear-shaped lute player and rickshaw driver Noppadol Duangporn, he wanted to revive the music of his native Isan.

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  • The Monsters of Shamisen rock, even though they're playing a traditional Japanese instrument, a three-stringed lute that's plucked with a plectrum that looks like an windshield scraper.

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  • Bassekou plays a three-stringed instrument, the Ngoni, that is the precursor to the banjo.

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  • “Doctor Zhivago” is also almost singlehandedly responsible for the brief popularization of the Balalaika, a three-stringed Russian guitar-like instrument.

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  • The Greeks believed that the cithara had come into Greece as a three-stringed lyre in the ninth century and that it had been developed in Greece itself.

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  • If it's true that the name of the kithara is ultimately from a Minoan compound meaning 'three-stringed' and containing the element *ki 'three' see Paleoglot: The kithara, then it stands to reason that the similar name, kinnor, is probably likewise Minoan in origin and containing the same petrified numeral with a different second component.

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  • Camara at one point unsuccessfully tried to get the audience clapping on something other than what we might hear as downbeats, but Adams again invited dialogue with Mande culture, setting down his guitar for an ngoni, a three-stringed lute that many have called the precursor to the banjo.

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  • He plays several instruments, but is most comfortable with his ngoni, a three-stringed lute that may have been the precursor to the banjo.

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  • A bell rings, the lights dim and a samisen (a three-stringed lute) starts to play as the performance of "Shinjû Ten no Amijima" (Double Suicide at Amijima Temple) begins.

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