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978-0-8108-5657-8 • Hardback • October 2007 • $112.00 • (£86.00)
978-0-8108-7770-2 • eBook • October 2007 • $106.00 • (£82.00)
Jeremy Montagu, now retired, was the curator of the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments and lecturer in the Faculty of Music at University of Oxford. He has authored several books on musical instruments, including Timpani & Percussion (2002), Reed Instruments: An Annotated Catalogue (Scarecrow Press, 2001), and Musical Instruments of the Bible (Scarecrow Press, 2002).
Part 1 List of Illustrations
Part 2 Acknowledgments
Part 3 Explanations and Definitions
Part 4 Abbreviations
Part 5 Maps
Chapter 6 1. Origins
Chapter 7 2. Drums
Chapter 8 3. Flutes and Recorders
Chapter 9 4. Reeds
Chapter 10 5. "Brass" Instruments: Trumpets and Horns
Chapter 11 6. String Instruments
Chapter 12 7. Pipe Organs
Chapter 13 8. Electrophones
Part 14 Afterword: Archaeology and Other -ologies
Chapter 15 Classification of Instruments
Chapter 16 Scales and Music
Chapter 17 The Sounds of Science
Part 18 Bibliography
Part 19 Index of Instruments and Accessories
Part 20 Index of Places and Peoples
Part 21 General Index
Part 22 About the Author
...it is a concise, intelligent, contemporary equivalent, evincing the benefits of six decades of thought on the place of musical instruments in human life. It is also an antidote to flash but vapid presentations...as a readable organological treatise of modest size, this book is unsurpassed. Essential.
— .; Choice Reviews, April 2008
It is a pleasure to read a comprehensive book on the subject of the origin and development of musical instruments, especially when written by an expert on the subject....I highly recommend this volume...
— American Reference Books Annual, March 2008
A welcome addition to the field of organology.... It is clear that he not only loves his subject, but also has knowledge of it from many different vantage points.... A fine textbook for a semester survey of musical instruments...as well as a fine resource for laypersons who wish to know more about musical sounds in many cultures throughout many periods.
— Susan Forscher Weiss; Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, March 2009
Montagu's publication is broad in its scope, and represents a study of the cultural, social and technological developments of the world's instruments. The quality of writing keeps the reader fully engaged. Each chapter introduces the terminology relating to instruments of a specific type and provides explanations that should be comprehensible to a non-specialist. This book contains material that will be widely referenced and will be of immense value to anyone wishing to gain an informed overview of the field.
— Galpin Society Journal
Montagu provides an exceptional discussion....Montagu is masterful in his presentation of intricate organological material that crosses boundaries of time and space....Beautifully written and chocked full of a lifetime of research.
— Music Research Forum