violin – walking stick

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 321 Lutes / 321.3 Handle lutes / 321.32 Necked lutes / 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars / 321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars sounded by bowing with a bow
Maker: Wyżykowski Stanisław
Date: 2008
Village / Town: Haczów
Region: Subcarpathia
Country: Poland
Owner: Franciszek Kotula Ethnographic Museum in Rzeszów
Inventory number: MRE 9903
Description: violin in the shape of a walking stick; resonance box, neck and fingerboard comprise the upper and middle section of the stick; four strings drawn along approximately 2/3 of the stick; round resonance holes positioned along the shape of a trapezoid
Decoration: stick handle carved to resemble a bird, also serving as a chinrest
Measurements: 920 x 240 mm
Materials: wood, metal
Inscriptions: inside the body, a slip of paper with a stamp: “Stanisław Wyżykowski 36-213 Haczów 804” and a hand-written inscription, “made in 2008, POLAND”
Sound compass, tuning: in 5th, g – d1 – a1 – e2
Performance practice: modeled on historical forms (e.g. Stockvioline, Stockgeige, but also pochette or Tanzmeistergeige) used in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries by dance teachers, or for rehearsing (due to limited volume of sound), but also as a curiosity across the European instrumentarium (including folk instruments); bow storage slot inside the body
Catalog card by: Zbigniew J. Przerembski

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