Detail from Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Desires” c.1500
The Hurdy Gurdy is quite unusual in design. Instead of using a bow like most stringed instruments, the Hurdy Gurdy is played by cranking a wooden wheel that continuously plays and the notes are played by a keyboard-like mechanism.
This instrument is popular in Medieval, 18th century, and folk music, and was particularly popular in France, where it is known as the “La vielle à roue”, which sounds much more elegant.
Pablo Picasso - Hurdy, gurdy; 1905.
Anna Murphy (Hurdy gurdy, Vocals and Flute for Eluveitie)
Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo - Hurdy Gurdy based on a print Beggar Playing Hurdy Gurdy by Jaques Callot (1623)