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Definition and background:

A drone. A pipe or string producing a constant pitch. It is analogous to the English " burden ", used to describe the lowest drone on the hurdy-gurdy and the low- pitched, free vibrating strings of the larger lutes such as the theorbo and bowed instruments such as the lira da braccio; also the lowest partial (" hum note ") of tower bells.

For more information on the music term "Bourdon" check out these other resources:

Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1-9

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