The History of Music in Fifty Instruments
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From the double bass to the piccolo, and from medieval lute to modern synthesizer, the instruments of the Western musical tradition are profiled in this fact-filled illustrated guide. The book provides information on each instrument’s origins, developments in its design and its role in the orchestra, together with the names of the most significant makers and virtuoso performers. In addition to those found in standard ensembles, several unusual instruments are also featured, such as the serpent, glass armonica and baryton.