Musical Instruments: History, Technology and Performance of Instruments of Western Music

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This book is the first comprehensive survey of how Western musical instruments work, how they developed historically, how they are manufactured, and how they are used to make music. After introducing the nature of sounds in music, and the sound production mechanisms of different families of instruments, the authors survey each family in turn, giving a description of the distinguishing acoustical features, the various forms of instruments adopted in different periods, the variety of sizes and shapes in current use, the manufacturing processes, and the playing techniques commonly used by performers. The full index and glossary also contains definitions of technical terms and notes on instruments not included in the text.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages520
ISBN (Electronic)9780191713675
ISBN (Print)9780198165040
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2004

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