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Origins and Development of Musical Instruments

Origins and Development of Musical Instruments

by Jeremy MontaguJeremy Montagu
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Origins and Development of Musical Instruments describes the creation, use, and development of musical instruments from the Old Stone Age to the present day. Musical instruments, from the simplest whistles to the most complex organs, conch trumpets to sousaphones, archers' and musical bows to violins and pianos, the most basic straw reeds to the modern MIDI systems, and pairs of stones struck together to synthesizers, are all described here by instrument collector and expert Jeremy Montagu. Montagu speculates on how these instruments originated in the earliest days of humanity and relates how they moved from one culture to another through history, all the while changing and developing until they became the instruments we know today. The book also surveys the present uses of instruments throughout the world. Each chapter is devoted to a different type of instrument. Intervals and additional sections enhance the volume with information on musicians, the Medieval Renaissance, the ideal accompaniment, archaeology, symbiotic and newly created instruments, classification of instruments, scales and music, and some of the problems of acoustics. This comprehensive volume is illustrated with over 120 photos capturing several hundred instruments from all over the world; many of them from the author's own collection of over 2,500 instruments. A copious bibliography of sources, three indexes, and a series of maps make this a priceless resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810856578
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/29/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 8.93(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Montagu, now retired, was the curator of the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments and lecturer in the Faculty of Music at University of Oxford. He has authored several books on musical instruments, including Timpani & Percussion (2002), Reed Instruments: An Annotated Catalogue (Scarecrow Press, 2001), and Musical Instruments of the Bible (Scarecrow Press, 2002).

Table of Contents

Part 1 List of Illustrations Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Explanations and Definitions Part 4 Abbreviations Part 5 Maps Chapter 6 1. Origins Chapter 7 2. Drums Chapter 8 3. Flutes and Recorders Chapter 9 4. Reeds Chapter 10 5. "Brass" Instruments: Trumpets and Horns Chapter 11 6. String Instruments Chapter 12 7. Pipe Organs Chapter 13 8. Electrophones Part 14 Afterword: Archaeology and Other -ologies Chapter 15 Classification of Instruments Chapter 16 Scales and Music Chapter 17 The Sounds of Science Part 18 Bibliography Part 19 Index of Instruments and Accessories Part 20 Index of Places and Peoples Part 21 General Index Part 22 About the Author

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