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rebec (ribible, rubible). One of the first bowed str. instr., which probably originated in Moslem countries (as rebab or rabab) and was introduced to Europe in 8th cent. AD. It had rounded back carved out of the solid wood, with flat soundboard added. After 15th cent., no. of str. varied from 1 to 5. In Renaissance there were several sizes and pitches of rebec, e.g. sop., ten., and bass. The ten. and bass were probably played gamba-wise, held between knees. Smaller versions were known as ribecchino (It.) or rubechette (Fr.).

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rebec

rebec (rē´bĕk), one of the earliest forms of the violin. It was pear-shaped, had from three to five strings, and possessed a strident tone. Its use, which began in the 13th cent., was to play melodies of popular songs and dance music, accompanied by percussion. The rebec, prevalent in European medieval and early Renaissance music, developed from the Arab instrument, the rehāb.

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rebec

re·bec / ˈrēˌbek; ˈrebˌek/ (also re·beck) • n. a medieval stringed instrument played with a bow, typically having three strings.

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