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Origins and development of musical instruments

Author: Jeremy Montagu
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2007.
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"Origins and Development of Musical Instruments details the creation, use, and development of musical instruments from the Old Stone Age to the present. Musical instruments - from the simplest whistles to the most complex organs, from conch trumpets to sousaphones, from archers' and musical bows to violins and pianos, the most basic straw reeds to modern MIDI systems, and pairs of stones struck together to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Montagu, Jeremy.
Origins and development of musical instruments.
Lanham, Md. : The Scarecrow Press, 2007
(OCoLC)639423750
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Montagu
ISBN: 9780810856578 0810856573
OCLC Number: 123539614
Description: xvii, 257 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. Origins --
Musical sound --
Voices --
Lithophones --
Percussion bars --
Bells and gongs --
Rattles --
Interlude A: Instruments of protection. 2. Drums --
Trouble with tension --
Drums --
Tubular drums --
Interlude B: Musicians. 3. Flutes and recorders --
Monotone --
Whistling in the wind --
Vessel flutes --
Penny whistles and recorders --
Transverse flutes --
Harmonic flutes --
Interlude C: The Medieval Renaissance and the First Industrial Revolution. 4. Reeds --
Straws in the wind --
Oboes and bassoons --
Clarinets and other single reeds --
Free reeds --
Interlude D: The ideal accompaniment. 5. "Brass" instruments: trumpets and horns --
Interlude E: The Second Industrial Revolution. 6. String instruments --
From bows to lyres, harps, and lutes --
Lyres --
Harps --
Zithers --
Stringed keyboards --
Plucked lutes --
Bowed lutes aka fiddles --
Interlude F: Messengers. 7. Pipe organs --
Interlude G: Symbiosis. 8. Electrophones --
Interlude H: Newly created, recognized, or discovered instruments. Afterword: Archaeology and other -ologies --
Classification of instruments --
Scales and music --
The sounds of silence.
Responsibility: Jeremy Montagu.
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