Music M401
History and Literature of Music I:
Antiquity to 1800

Indiana University School of Music

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Renaissance Instruments

Be sure to visit the Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Instruments at the website of Iowa State University's Musica Antiqua for descriptions, pictures, and sound examples of Medieval and Renaissance instruments.

Renaissance instruments, such as viols and most wind instruments, were often built in families, with several different sizes to cover different ranges. A group of like instruments was called a consort.


Plucked Strings

Bowed Strings



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