San Francisco Renaissance Voices is dedicated to helping develop the next generation of music lovers and musicians through our educational efforts directed by Irene Navarro, Coordinator of Educational Programs.
is usually a long cone bent into a snakelike shape which gives it its name. To play the serpent you blow into it and use your fingers to cover different holes on the instrument to get different notes. It is generally made out of wood and covered with dark brown or black leather. CLICK HERE
to hear what a serpent sounds like.
The hurdy-gurdy was a very popular instrument of the Renaissance. It is an instrument that uses strings to produce sound when you turn the crank at the bottom of the instrument. This crank turns a wheel inside the instrument that rubs against the strings. The wheel functions much like a
violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to a
violin. Melodies are played on the keys on the side of the instrument that causes one or more of the strings to make different sounds. CLICK HERE
to hear what a hurdy-gurdy sounds like.
The lute is used in a great variety of instrumental music from the early Renaissance to the late Baroque eras. It is also used as an instrument to accompany, or play along with, singers. The front of the lute is shaped like a tear drop and the body of the lute is rounded almost like a bowl. Strings are stretched from the neck of the lute (the long stick-like part) over the body of the lute and the strings are then plucked to create sound. CLICK HERE
to hear what a lute sounds like.