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Rated: E · Book · Educational · #2105953
One hundred facts that are interesting but ultimately useless.
#904806 added February 16, 2017 at 2:25pm
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"Violin", "Viola" & "Cello"
"Violin", "Viola" & "Cello"
- etymology / music -

Multiple stringed instruments in the violin family derive their name from the Latin word "vitula" ("stringed instrument"):

"Viola" is a corruption of "vitula".
"Violin" is a "little viola".
"Violone" (similar to a "double bass") is a "big viola".
"Violoncello" (often shortened to "cello") is a "little violone", or a "little big viola".


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