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 11

101. German hurdy-gurdy player (18th cent.)


102. German hurdy-gurdy from the 17th century


Wheel and dog bridge regulation



103. German hurdy-gurdy (17th / 18th cent.)


104. Swedish hurdy-gurdy from Gotland (18th cent.)


105. German hurdy-gurdy (17th cent.)


Wheel and dog bridge regulation


106. Probably Bohemian hurdy-gurdy from the 18th century - second scan missing


Wheel and lever for disengaging the string from the wheel

107. Hurdy-gurdy from Mähren (17th cent.)


108. Angel playing; miniature (c. 1380)



109. scan missing


110. Hurdy-gurdy from collection of C. Claudius, Copenhagen

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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