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Daniel Farrant (1575–1651)[1] was an English composer, viol player and instrument maker. He invented types of citterns, the poliphant and the stump, along with the early lyra viol.[2] He is also credited with the invention of the early viola d'amore. The particulars of the stump are not known.[3]


  • Pavan, for lyra viol (John Merro lyra viol book) (4:31) on Short Tales For A Viol: English Music Of The 17th Century Vittorio Ghielmi


  1. ^ Ashbee, Andrew. "Farrant, Daniel". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/67960.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Gozza, edited by Paolo (2000). Number to Sound the Musical Way to the Scientific Revolution. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. p. 147. ISBN 9789401595780.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Galpin, Francis (1911). Old English Instruments of Music: Their History and Character. p. 32.