Synopses & Reviews
Discover the world of musical sound and the amazing variety of instruments that create music. Here is an original and exciting look at the fascinating world of sound and music. Superb real-life photographs of instruments ranging from zithers and panpipes to electric guitars and synthesizers offer a unique "eyewitness" view of ancient and contemporary music. See how strings vibrate to make a note sound, how an invisible "column" of air sounds a pipe, which instrument resembles a peacock, how sousaphone players wear their instruments. Learn who invented an important new key system, how to master the bagpipes, why pipe organs have "ears" and "mouths", and why French horns are "doubled up". Discover how a vegetable gourd charms snakes, why tangled fingers led to the invention of the piano, why spiders add a "buzz" to xylophones, where reindeer toe-bones were used as whistles, and much, much more!
The folks at DK have almost singlehandedly rejuvenated if not reinvented the often moribund world of non-fiction books for children. [Eyewitness series] (Newsweek)
...a mini museum between the covers of a book. [Eyewitness series] (The New York Times)
These books' striking visual impact will draw in even the most casual readers. [Eyewitness series] (School Library Journal)
Bold design and breathtaking photography continue to put Eyewitness Books in a class by themselves. Superb color photos, drawings, and diagrams break up the subject into its essential parts and spread it across the page with clear, lively captions.
Providing an exciting look at the world of music, this Eyewitness book contains superb color photos and drawings of all kinds of instruments, accompanied by the history of music from ancient to modern times.