Bass viol

Bass viol (басоля; basolia). A Ukrainian stringed folk musical instrument of the bass register. In its form and dimensions it is similar to a violoncello. It has four strings tuned in fifths. The bass viol is used in folk instrumental ensembles, such as trios of folk musicians called troisti muzyky.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 1 (1984).]

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