Maranella Medieval Minstrels - Instruments

Some of our weird and wonderful instruments

Recorders

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Recorder


Bagpipes

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Bagpipes


Lute

Lute

8-Course Renaissance Lute

No-one really knows how the lute came to Britain but it probably came with returning crusaders. It is an arab instrument derived from the oud. Early lutes were small and had only 4 or 5 courses. Over time the number of courses increased (as did the size of the instrument). Gradually, during the renaissance period, the guitar gained in popularity and eventually the lute was totally eclipsed.

The most popular tuning for the 8-course renaissance lute is (from the lowest sounding string) D F G C F A D G

Citole

Citole

Citole by Ugo Cassalonga

A faithfull reproduction of the citole depicted in the Cantigas de Santa Maria, a collection of over 400 songs to the Virgin Mary produced for Alphonso X of Castille and Leon around 1250

Ugo Cassalonga makes authentic copies of early instruments such as our lovely citole in his workshop on the island of Corsica

This instrument is tuned in open G - from the lowest sounding string: G D G D G



Percussion

Drums

Nakers, frame drums, snare drums, tambour/tabor, timbrels, bells - medieval music just wouldn't work without lots of percussion!

Harp

Ardival Crathes Bray harp

Ardival Crathes Bray Harp

The Crathes is a small medieval gut-strung harp with 'bray pins' which, when used, give a buzzing sound to the harp which helps the sound carry a long way! Bray harps are a bit like Marmite - you either love them or hate them. The bray harp gets its name from the braying of a donkey - gives you some idea of the sound :o)

The bray harp is the harp of the middle ages - the sound that everyone was familiar with but Marilyn tends to have the bray pins turned off so that the harp sound is gentler and more 'normal' for modern ears.



Rebec

Rebec

Alto rebec from The Early Music Shop - info from their website:
"The EMS alto rebec is an excellent 3 string instrument based on several historic patterns. The body is carved from a single block of wood, there is no soundpost and it has a thin, nasal, penetrating tone"

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