Beautiful French Hurdy Gurdy by patjila

Beautiful French Hurdy Gurdy by 

Got a chance to have a chat with a skilled and friendly hurdy gurdy musician during the Hanze event 2012 in Kampen, the Netherlands.

The hurdy gurdy is an instrument with a history stretching back to the 11th century. Originally called an organistrum, its use was primarily religious. Up to five feet long, it was a large instrument . This developed into a smaller box shaped instrument, the symphony, and was capable of being played by one person. From the 15th century onwards the hurdy gurdy took on a variety of shapes and styles, with the chien (the buzzing bridge) appearing in the 16th century.
The instrument had by this time become wholly secular in use, mainly in the hands of peasants, the poor and mendicants, and gained a rather unwholesome reputation. The 17th century saw a reversal of this attitude with the adoption of the instrument by the aristocracy in the court of Louis XIV in France. The hurdy gurdy fitted in perfectly with their pursuit of their ‘pastoral’ role playing. Many fine and ornate hurdy gurdies came to be made, with inlaid mother-of-pearl and ivory.

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  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 2 years ago

    What a beautiful instrument Annet.

  • It was an eye catcher indeed Richard so elegant and beautiful hand made….I love to watch it thank you so much Richard

    – patjila

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 2 years ago

    I have not seen one of these in years!!!! This is a beautiful one and I’ll bet
    the music is sweet too!!!! A wonderful capture!!! Bill

  • Yes it was I heard the music played on this particular instrument and sounds beautiful..all respect for the musician!

    – patjila

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 2 years ago

    The instrument of torture!
    Well depending on your choice of music :o) lol
    Quality capture Princess :o) xx

  • he he now I know how to torture you by sending loads of youtube music samples :)) Double thanks for liking commenting and revealing XD xx

    – patjila

  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerrover 2 years ago

    Nice piece , great cature !!

  • Thank you so much Ray it was a beauty indeed!

    – patjila

  • Kat Simmons
    Kat Simmonsover 2 years ago

    A beautiful instrument which makes a lovely medieval sound, nice capture!

  • Hi Kat thank you so much glad you appreciates it!

    – patjila

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 2 years ago

    very nice capture

  • Hi Angel thank you so very much!

    – patjila

  • walela
    walelaover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work of art

  • Thank you so much for visit and lovely compliment Walela!

    – patjila

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago


  • You’re so right Guen thank you lots, the love and passion of the maker of the instrument are shown…it was a real eye catcher.

    – patjila

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 2 years ago

    beautiful :)

  • Thank you so much Karin!

    – patjila

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