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Rubab and Gralla

<p>The rubab and gralla are two surviving medieval instruments still played today. &copy;&nbsp;Museu de la M&uacute;sica. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>

The rubab and gralla are two surviving medieval instruments still played today. © Museu de la Música. Photo: Rafael Vargas

The rubab and the gralla are both monodic instruments, which means they can only play one note after another; these have survived down to today from medieval times. The rubab was the first bowed-string instrument from the Islamic world to be introduced to the West. This one is from the Maghreb region, made in the 19th century; it has two strings and is made of parchment.

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