Captured in this volume in over 700 striking color photos are many historically significant musical instruments created by some of the most important and iconic makers of the last 400 years. Six hundred instruments are presented, including keyboards, flutes and whistles, woodwinds, strings, and percussion. Each instrument is described in the text, including unusual characteristics, rarity, number of known instruments by the same maker, historical provenance when known, former ownership, citations of relevant patents, and bibliographic citations with more information and associated photos. Early and historically significant instruments made in Italy, England, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, the United States, and other parts of Europe are examined. Several world cultures are also represented by instruments. Indexes by maker, city, and country are provided for easy reference.
Dr. Albert R. Rice holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. He is a clarinetist, author, appraiser of musical instruments, president of the American Musical Instrument Society, and review editor for the AMIS Journal and Newsletter. He is a retired librarian and musical instrument museum curator. Rice? three books published by Oxford University Press are: The Baroque Clarinet (1992), The Clarinet in the Classical Period (2003), and From the Clarinet D?mour to the Contra Bass: A History of the Large Size Clarinets, 1740-1860 (2009). His awards include the Galpin Society? 1999 Anthony Baines Memorial Prize; the American Musical Instrument Society? 2011 Nicholas Bessaraboff Prize for the most distinguished book length publication written in English in 2009; and the American Musical Instrument Society? 2011 Curt Sachs Prize honoring lifetime devotion to scholarship related to musical instruments.

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