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Musical Instruments of the World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

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"One of the nicest things.is that you don't have to be a musician to love it. It's a browser's delight."--The New York Times

It's the best-looking musical encyclopedia ever! Using a completely visual approach, this ultimate reference has over 4,000 drawings showcasing the evolution of instruments--and music--from primitive whistles to electric guitars (complete with fuzz b
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Published September 1st 1985 by Facts on File (first published 1974)
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Clivemichael
Mar 03, 2016 Clivemichael rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, technology
Beautiful photos and evocative descriptions
Tom Schulte
Dec 21, 2015 Tom Schulte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, music
I love taxonomies and music, so this has been a great reference and fun to look through for pleasure or more information on a musical instrument seen on a recording or on stage. this is based on the von Hornbostel-Sachs system so has a chapter each for chordophones (stringed instruments), membranophones ( drums, etc., aerophones (winds) and mechanical
or electrical. it's richly illustrated and methodically organized as well as comprehensive. additional chapters focus on regions, history, ensembl
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M. W.
Mar 01, 2008 M. W. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humanities
This is a great reference. If you're like me and you see a weird instrument on stage during a performance and need to know it's name and history, this is the book for you. ...and if you know what "Collegium Musicum" means, you are probably enough of a music nerd to own a copy.
Judith
Mar 28, 2012 Judith rated it really liked it
This is a great to have if you want to see what a instrument looks like.
I use it regularly in my music teaching when discussing various instruments.
Robert Hund
Mar 14, 2008 Robert Hund rated it it was ok
An illustrated encyclopedia. references to many intersting and obscure instruments, including the "Nose Flute".
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