Medieval Instruments And Dances
The Middle Ages was full of dances. Dances were accompanied by songs and
instrumental music. Most of the instruments came into Europe from Asia. They were
most commonly played in Estampies. They are the earliest known examples of an
instrumental repertory that reaches back far beyond the thirteenth century. All the
instrumental music of the early Middle ages was associated with singing and dancing.
There were stringed instruments, and woodwind instruments.
The harp was the oldest characteristic medieval instrument. It was imported to
the continent from Ireland and Britain. Another stringed instrument was the vielle. It
was the principal bowed instrument of the medieval times. In French it was called a
Fiedel. The vielle had many different names and a great variety of shapes and sizes;
prototype of the modern violin. Organistrum is another stringed instrument. It had
three strings and was played by a revolving wheel turned by a crank. The
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