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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