Die Drehleier

by Marianne Bröcker

This part of the website is an English translation of the definitive hurdy-gurdy reference book Die Drehleier (The Hurdy-gurdy), written by Marianne Bröcker. For general information about this translation please see the Index Page.

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Illustrations, page 1

1. French hurdy-gurdy player from Berry





2. Organistrum, as depicted in the St. Blasien Codex (13th cent.)


3. Organistrum from the Hortus deliciarum of Abbess Herrad von Landsberg (c. 1200)



4. Initial B miniature from an illuminated Bible (13th cent.)



5. Otto von Passau, The 24 Ancients (1448); detail


6. Angel with hurdy-gurdy, 2nd half of 15th cent.


7. Angel with hurdy-gurdy, late 15th cent.


8. Angel playing; miniature (c. 1380)


9. Angel playing (15th cent.)


10. Woodcut from the history of Emperor Karls Sohn Lothar (1514)

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© Original text in German copyright 1977, Verlag für systematische Musikwissenschaft GmbH
© Translation copyright 2005, Olympic Musical Instruments and the Bröcker Tranlation Group