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violone Syllabification: vi·o·lo·ne
Pronunciation: /ˌvēəˈlōnā/

Definition of violone in English:


An early form of double bass, especially a large bass viol.
Example sentences
  • The performers here, being very good baroque musicians indeed, have deployed a variety of continuo combinations: harpsichord or lute with violone, gamba, double bass or bassoon.
  • Further unity is provided by the fact that both composers notate the detailed division of the continuo material with unusual precision, distinguishing the violone from the keyboard and cello continuo.
  • It is written in four-stave systems (the continuo is partially figured) and, interestingly, lacks both a viola part and a separate part for the violone.


Italian, augmentative of viola (see viola1).

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