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Extending the Longevity of French Renaissance Viols

In his Harmonie universelle, contenant la théorie et la pratique de la musique (Paris, 1636), Marin Mersenne reproduced the woodcut of a five-string viol from Jambe de Fer’s L’Épitome musical des tons, sons et accordz, es voix humaines, fleustes d’Alleman, flesustes à neuf trous, violes, & violons (Lyons, 1556) and noted that this was a kind… Continue reading Extending the Longevity of French Renaissance Viols

Our Second Prototype Viol and a Prototype Bow

Second Prototype by John Pringle John Pringle has been hard at work making a second prototype based on our new research. He is using this prototype—a treble—to experiment with body design and table construction. Since we are not using a soundpost-bassbar system, John Pringle has decided on a central spine on the table, a solution… Continue reading Our Second Prototype Viol and a Prototype Bow

Insights from Brescian Renaissance Viols

One of the most daunting challenges in reconstructing a consort of Renaissance French viols is the lack of extant instruments that can be analyzed. While iconography and treatises are both crucial sources for understanding these instruments, taken together they still leave many questions unresolved. Besides questions surrounding the internal construction of the viols, one pertinent… Continue reading Insights from Brescian Renaissance Viols

Conference Paper on Early French Viols Published

Dr. Romey presented a paper entitled “The French Renaissance Viol Consort: Reevaluating the Sources and Reclaiming the Music” at the International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought at Sam Houston State University from 4–6 April 2013. During the paper he displayed the first prototype made by John Pringle. His spoken paper has been published as… Continue reading Conference Paper on Early French Viols Published

Prototype is a Reality

I am happy to announce that our first prototype has been built! I will be taking the prototype of the first bass to accompany my talk on the project at the Sam Houston State International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought 3–4 April 2013. Many thanks to John Pringle for all of his hard work and dedication in getting this first instrument completed! First photos of the bass below.

Website Launched

Our website has launched! Check back for news regarding the reconstruction of the consort, upcoming lectures and events, and more! We are very excited to have some excellent musicians on board with the project! We are in the process of applying for grants to reconstruct four viols with luthier John Pringle. We will begin development… Continue reading Website Launched


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