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

Murray Campbell, Clive Greated, and Arnold Myers


This book explains musical instruments in their various forms: how they work, what they can do, and how they came to be the way they are. It concentrates on instruments of western music built to play in musical traditions transmitted in large part by notated scores and parts. The recent growth of early music performance is reflected in an emphasis on the historical development of the main types of instrument. For each class of instrument, the underlying acoustical principles are outlined and the commonly found members of the family are described. Their manufacture, playing techniques, and perf ... More

Keywords: acoustics, manufacture, playing technique, performance practice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198165040
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198165040.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Murray Campbell, author

Clive Greated, author

Arnold Myers, author
all at the University of Edinburgh