double bass

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

Excerpt from the film Zapisane w terenie... [Written Down In the Field], produced as part of the project "Międzypokoleniowa sztafeta folkowa. Badania terenowe" [Intergenerational Folk Relay. Field Studies], Franciszek Kotula Ethnographic Museum in Rzeszów, 2016
Local name: basy
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: Unknown
Date: before World War II
Owner: Franciszek Kotula Ethnographic Museum in Rzeszów
Inventory number: MRE 8078
Description: purchased from Józef Rafa of Grodzisk Górny; modeled on professional double basses
Decoration: originally coated with light cherry paint; on the back plate a wooden board with a burnt inscription “Jan Rydzik” and floral engraving; fingerboard, tailpiece and pegs painted black
Measurements: 1520 x 890 mm
Materials: wood, metal, plastic
Sound compass, tuning: in 4th, E1 – A1 – D – G
Performance practice: known as "duże basy", the double bass became popular with folk bands as late as the 20th century; it was played in some of the largest folk bands in the Lesser Poland region (Kraków and Rzeszów areas)
Catalog card by: Zbigniew J. Przerembski

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