VIHUELA

Once a very popular instrument on the Iberian peninsula, now quite scarce. Only three original instruments survive, and there is a lot of controversy about a fourth.

I offer a both copies of the surviving instruments as own designs based on iconographic and written sources.


The Bruegel Vihuela

– tuning: g’

Bruegel

Belchior DaVinci

Outline of the ‘Dias’

After I had drawn the outline of the guitar shown in “The Fight Between Carnival and Lent” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1559), it occurred to me that the outline was very close to the ‘Chambure’ and ‘Dias’ examples. So I decided to also make a vihuela, based on the same basic shape.

The Leaky Cauldron

Head and rose of the vihuela.

The corpus and neck were carved from a single block of oak (the wood most used in Antwerp at the time of Bruegel). It’s very shallow, after the Jacquemart André instrument.

I simply couldn’t resist carving the ‘leaky cauldron’ head on the pegbox.

The sound isn’t loud, but its projection is huge.

Vihuela head

Bruegel vihuela


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