Definition of viola d'amore in English:

viola d'amore

Syllabification: vi·o·la d'a·mo·re
Pronunciation: /vēˈōlə däˈmôrā, də-, -ˈmôrē


A sweet-toned 18th-century musical instrument similar to a viola, but with six or seven strings, and additional sympathetic strings below the fingerboard.
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  • The concerto for lute and viola d'amore is one of his last works
  • Thompson believes that playing the viola d'amore has enhanced his viola playing.
  • There isn't a huge repertoire for the viola d'amore and, when you consider the instrument's eccentricities, it is hardly surprising.


Italian, literally 'viol of love'.

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