Documenting the curious world of the hurdy-gurdy.

Music in the daily life of Vermeer: the hurdy-gurdy

Jonathan Janson maintains a wonderful site called essential vermeer, which is dedicated to the work and life of Dutch painting master, Vermeer.  A fantastic resource in its own right, it also includes a section on folk music at the time of Vermeer, including a comprehensive essay by Adelheid Rech on the hurdy-gurdy.  Beautifully illustrated with period paintings and well written, it is an excellent guide to the history of the instrument.  Well worth a read.  Online here.