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Music An Illustrated History: An Encyclopedia of Musical Instruments and the Art of Music-making - Max Wade-Matthews

Hermes House, 2001, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

First in this edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “The art of music-making has existed for thousands of years, probably beginning with the voice and then proceeding to simple rhythmic drumming and blowing a blade of grass or a conch shell.

Music: An Illustrated History begins with a history of music-making, posing the questions What is music? and What is a musical instrument? Each of the principal ancient civilizations is investigated, with information about their musical traditions and key developments. As the orchestra evolved, so too were the instruments adapted and modified.

The book also features the most famous players, as well as examining the role of the composer and the conductor, and provides a guide to the best-known orchestras and concert halls around the world.

The main focus of the book is the visual photographic encyclopaedia. The catalogue is organized according to families of instruments: strings, woodwind and brass, percussion and keyboards, as well as a section on the voice. Each family is introduced, and its members are fully described — their origins, how they developed over time, and how they are played.

Music: An Illustrated History provides a complete history of music-making and the orchestra, making this an indispensable reference for all music lovers.”

Size: 9" x 7". Pictorial boards. 256 pages.