The 400 year story of music told by the instruments that make an orchestra The History of Music in 50 Instruments outlines musical history in well written nuggets of information Profiling one instrument at a time, it describes the history of music since the 1700s, when orchestras first took the formal shape familiar to us The concise text explains the role of each instrument in the orchestra and its importance in the development of music in general The book lists the 50 instruments chronologically in the woodwind, brass, percussion and string sections of an orchestra The classic instruments are included violin, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, harp and Some instruments reflect the musical period or context in which they were most popular, such as the harpsichord in the Baroque period, and the snare drum in military parades Among the unusual instruments is the otherworldly theremin A wide range of modern and archival photographs and paintings show the instruments Entries outline their historical and country origins and the era in which they were played e.g Classical, Modern Annotated illustrations explain the instrument s construction, how it is played and tuned, and its musical range Composers, musical compositions and musicians that highlight the particular instrument are examined For example, Baroque composer Antonio Vivalidi s contribution to the violin inventor Adolphe Sax s tenacious promotion of his saxophone in the 1840s and 20th century pianist Glenn Gould s controversial recordings of Bach s Goldberg Variations For musicians, teachers and students, and all who enjoy music, this book is a beautiful and informative tour of the orchestra and beyond....
|Title||:||The History of Music in Fifty Instruments|
|Publisher||:||Firefly Books September 11, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
|File Size||:||699 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The History of Music in Fifty Instruments Reviews
Lovely, quality book with beautiful illustrations of musical instruments and historical information about the origins and inventors of each one. I learned a lot! I sent for one for our musically inclined grandsons, ages 10 and 12, for their spring birthdays, and I think they will be most interested in their own instruments, of course, which are the piano, violin, saxophone, and guitar. I was disappointed that the ukulele was not included in the book, as they also play one of those. But every other conceivable instrument seems to be there, and it is really a lavish volume and well worth the price. I did wonder why the instruments were not arranged alphabetically, but that's a minor point. I'm very glad it's a hardcover book, as I usually buy hardcover when I can, especially for kids.
excellent quality of binding and pages.
This is a well written book, elegantly designed for classical music lovers. It describes in details the unique history of each instrument, design and built. You may not be interested in reading about all the fifty selected instruments, but you will definitely enjoy learning about the instruments you are interested in.
So informative, love it.