Type: Chordophones > Lyres > Viols > Bowed.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.312.7
Country: Spain, Iberian Peninsula.
Region: Continental Europe.
Description: The rabel [or arrabel, robel, rovel] is a bowed stringed instrument from Spain. It is a rustic folk-fiddle descended from the medieval rebec. Both of which, perhaps descended from the Arab rabab. The instrument generally has two or three strings of gut or steel, or sometimes twisted horse-hair. The instrument is first mentioned in the 12th century and it is still used in parts of Latin America, as well as the Spanish provinces of Cantabria and Asturias.
Citations: Bibliography: Robert Williams Dale; James Guinness Rogers 1874 ; The Congregationalist ~ Hodder and Stoughton. pp. 219- ; Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments; Frederick Stearns; Albert Augustus Stanley 1921 ; Catalogue of the Stearns collection of musical instruments. The University of Michigan. pp. 196- ; Websites: