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Musical Instruments - Highlights of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

J Kenneth Moore
Jayson Kerr Dobney
E Bradley Strauchen-Scherer

ISBN: 978-1-58839-562-7

flapped paperback, 9.5" x 9.5"

Number of pages: 192
Chapters: 10
© 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Reviewer: Keith Bramich
Review of Musical Instruments - Highlights of The Metropolitan Museum of Art published on 25 October 2015

Director's Foreward
Highlights from the Collection
About the Musical Instruments Collection
Suggested Readings
Photography Credits

166 illustrations in full colour
Distributed by Yale University Press

'Featuring more than a hundred extraordinary pieces from around the world and spanning thousands of years, this book displays the astounding diversity of musical instruments. Highlights include Bronze Age cymbals, the earliest known piano, violins made by Stradivari, slit drums from Oceania, and iconic twentieth century American guitars. Stunning new photographs reveal these objects to be works of musical and visual art - marvels of technology and masterpieces of design. Each object is explored in fascinating text describing its historical use, its sound or the technological developments that gave rise to the form of music played upon it, details about its notable makers, owners, or players, or its construction and decoration. Related works - paintings, textiles, statues, and pottery that depict instruments and music making - complement and further illuminate the narrative which provides a lively and insightful appreciation of musical instruments that will appeal to art and music lovers everywhere.

'J Kenneth Moore is Frederick P Rose Curator in Charge, Jayson Kerr Dobney is associate curator and administrator, and Bradley Strauchen-Scherer is associate curator, all in the Department of Musical Instruments at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.'


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