Synopses & Reviews
Featuring more than 100 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 20th-century American guitars. Stunning new photographs reveal these objects to be works of musicaland#160;and visual artandmdash;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 worksandmdash;paintings, textiles, statues, and pottery that depict instruments and music makingandmdash;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.
Beautiful photography and engaging texts bring to life over 100 remarkable instruments, from around the world and across time, in the Metropolitan Museumandrsquo;s extraordinary collection.and#160;
About the Author
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.