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James Tyler, Paul Sparks, and Paul Sparks

The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Music
Length:
4,119 words

...Mandolin [mandola, mandoline, mandolino] (Fr. mandoline ; Ger. Mandoline ; It. mandolino ; Port. bandolim ; Sp. bandolin, mandolina, bandola ) . Any of several types of small, pear-shaped, fretted string instruments plucked with a plectrum, quill, or the fingers. They descended from the medieval gittern and the Renaissance mandore. Two types were predominant by the mid-18th century: the older mandolino or mandola (often called the ‘Milanese mandolin’ from the mid-19th century onwards) and the newly invented four-course Neapolitan mandolin (often simply...

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