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Musical Instruments of the World: An…

Musical Instruments of the World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

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This "encyclopedia" of music instruments from around the world has more illustrations than text, more than 4000 original drawings. It's a fascinating coffee table book to browse, and a useful reference for musicians and music lovers.

The range of instruments covered is enormous, with detailed drawings of primitive bull-roarers, renaissance instruments, whistles, percussion instruments, pipe organs and all the orchestral instruments. Traditional instruments from Africa (43), Europe (48), the middle east and Russia ((21), India (28), the Far East (30), and Indonesia (26) are carefully drawn and explained. Organized mainly by family groups of instruments, there are also pictorial indexes by geographic region, and by historical period. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0806998474, Paperback)

"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 box and pedal). Exquisite illustrations accompany each entry, with painstaking detail and attention to structure, function, and decoration. Most extraordinary is the range of instruments included: orchestral, popular, classical, ancient, and folk. Classed by family groups, they are cross-referenced with material on geographical distribution and historical periods. Plus scores, diagrams of correct playing techniques, major figures, and other fascinating information provided by over forty researchers, writers, and illustrators, in cooperation with 200 scholars from 20 countries!

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Examines the history and mechanical structure of wind, percussion, string, and electronic instruments, discusses ancient and foreign instruments, and offers brief profiles of composers, performers, and inventors responsible for new developments.

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