Rabab & Rebec – Erforschung von fellbespannten Streichinstrumenten des späten Mittelalters und der frühen Renaissance und deren Rekonstruktion

The rabab and rebec – two instruments whose body is covered with an animal skin – were among the most important string instruments from the 14th to the 16th centuries.

Factsheet

  • Lead department Bern University of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Interpretation
  • Research unit Musical Instruments
  • BFH centre BFH Centre for Arts in Context
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration (planned) 01.10.2019 - 30.09.2023
  • Project management Thomas Gartmann
  • Head of project Thilo Hirsch
  • Project staff Marina Haiduk
    Anne Krauter Kellein
  • Partner Ensemble Arcimboldo
    Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen
    Geigenbauatelier Schürch
    Institut für musikalische Akustik Wien
    Institute de recherche en musicologie IReMus
    Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
    Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
    Schule für Holzbildhauerei Brienz
    Universität Bern, Institut für Musikwissenschaft

Situation

Similar instru­ments are still played in Morocco today. A critical, interdis­ciplinary analysis of the extant historical sources can enable us to draw conclusions about their construction, playing tech­niques, acoustic properties, repertoire and cultural context. All these elements will then be compared with new ethnomu­sicological sources from Morocco. The findings thereby made can help us to reconstruct the instruments and test them in a practical situation.