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The History of Instrument Making for Western Art Music

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  • I. Print Sources


    Brook, Barry S., ed. The Breitkopf Thematic Catalogue: The Six Parts and Sixteen Supplements, 1762-1787. New York: Dover, 1966.
    ML 145.B8315

    Coover, James. Musical instrument collections : catalogs and cognate literature. Detroit : Information Coordinators, 1981. (Detroit studies in music bibliography ; 47)
    ML.155 .C63

    Densmore, Frances. Handbook of the collection of musical instruments in the United States National Museum. New York, Da Capo Press, 1971.
    ML 462.W33 N43 1971

    Good, Edwin M. The Eddy Collection of Musical Instruments : a checklist. Berkeley, Calif. : Fallen Leaf Press, c1985. (Fallen Leaf reference books in music, no. 3)
    ML.462.C3 E35 1985

    Hill, Jackson. The Harold E. Cook collection of musical instruments. Lewisburg, [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press, c1975.
    ML.462.L54 B8

    Hornung, Clarence Pearson, comp. A Source Book of Antiques and Jewelry Designs, Containing over 3800 Engravings of Victorian Americana, Including Jewelry, Silverware, Clocks, Cutlery, Glassware, Musical Instruments. New York, G. Braziller, 1968.

    International directory of musical instrument collections. / edited by Jean Jenkins. Frits Knut for International Council of Museums, 1977.
    ML.462 .I54

    Kottick, Edward L. & George Lucktenbert. Early keyboard instruments in European museums. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1997.
    ML461 .K68 1997

    Meer, J. H. van der. Verzeichnis der europaischen Musikinstrumente im Germanischen Nationalmuseum Nurnberg. Wilhelmshaven ; Hamburg ; Locarno ; Amsterdam : Heinrichshofen, 1979.
    ML.462.N9 G45 V.1

    Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) Musical instruments in the Metropolitan Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1978.
    ML 462.N5 M54

    Montagu, Jeremy. Reed instruments : the Montagu collection : an annotated catalogue. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2001.
    ML.462.O95 M66 2001

    Musical instrument collections in the British Isles. / edited by Clifford Bevan. Winchester, Hampshire : Piccolo Press, 1990.
    ML 461.M87 1990

    Victoria and Albert Museum. Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum: New Catalogue Entries, Supplementary Notes and Bibliography. London: V&A Publications, 1998.
    ML 462.L6 V53 1998

    ________. Musical Instruments as Works of Art. 2nd ed. London: V & A Publications, 1998.
    ML 462.E6 V53 1998

    Weiss-Stauffacher, Heinrich. The marvelous world of music machines. Tokyo ; New York : Kodansha International, 1976.

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    Banek, Reinhold. Sound Designs: A Handbook of Musical Instrument Building. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1980.
    ML 460.B21

    De Gregorio, Vincenzo. Gli strumenti musicali nella Gazzetta musicale di Milano. (1842-1902): Indice analitico. Biblioteca/ Historiae Musicae Cultores 53. Florence: Olschki, 1989.
    ML 460.D44 S8 1989

    Dournon, Genevieve. Guide for the Collection of Traditional Musical Instruments. Technical Handbooks for Museums and Monuments 5. Paris: Unesco, 1981.
    ML 3547.D68

    Kottick, Edward L. The harpsichord owner's guide : a manual for buyers and owners. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1987.
    ML652 .K67 1987

    Sadie, Stanley. The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. London: Macmillan, 1984.
    MUSIC REF ML 102.I5 N48 1984

    Weisshaar, Otto H. Preventive maintenance of musical instruments. Rockville Centre, N.Y., Belwin, c1966.
    ML 460 W43

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    Abele, Hyacinth. The violin: its history & construction illustrated & described, from many sources. Together with a list of Italian and Tyrolese violin makers. Translated in full from the German of Abele and Niederheitmann, by John Broadhouse. London, W. Reeves, n.d. ML802 .A1422

    Bachmann, Werner. Die Anfänge des Streichinstrumentenspiels. Leipzig : Breitkopf & Hartel, 1964.
    ML750 .B32

    Baines, Anthony. Brass Instruments: Their History and Development. London: Faber, 1976.
    ML 930.B28

    ________. The Oxford Companion to Musical Instruments. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
    ML 102.I5 B34 1992

    ________, ed. Musical Instruments through the Ages. New York: Walker, 1966.
    ML 460.B14 1966a

    Barclay, R. L. The Art of the Trumpet-Maker: The Materials, Tools, and Techniques of the Seventeenth (sic) and Eighteenth Centuries in Nuremberg. Early Music Series 14. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
    ML 961.B37 1992

    Bates, John. The Synthesizer. (Oxford Topics in Music) Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.
    ML 1092.B37 1988

    Brooks, Tim. Guitar: an American life. 1st ed. New York: Grove Press, 2005.
    ML1015 .G9 B753 2005

    Donington, Robert. The instruments of music. 3d ed., rev. and reset. London, Methuen [1962]
    ML 460 D63 1962

    ________. The Interpretation of Early Music. New Version. London: Faber, 1974.
    ML 457.D64 1974

    ________. Music and its instruments. New York : Methuen, 1982.
    ML460 .D63 1982

    Engel, Carl. Researches into the early history of the violin family Amsterdam, Antiqua, 1965.
    ML803 .E57 1965

    Farga, Franz. Violins & violinists Translated by Egon Larsen ; with a chapter on English violin-makers by E. W. Lavender. New York: Macmillan, c1950.
    ML800 .F32 1950A

    Fleming, James M. Old violins and their makers: including some references to those of modern times. London: L.U. Gill, 1883.
    ML802 .F58

    Fletcher, Neville H. and Thomas D. Rossing. The physics of musical instruments. New York : Springer, 1998.
    ML 3805.F58 1998

    Ford, Charles, ed. Making musical instruments : strings and keyboard. Foreword by Anthony Baines. 1st American ed. New York : Pantheon Books, c1979.
    ML 460.M33

    Galpin, Francis W. Old English instruments of music; their history and character. 4th ed., rev. with supplementary notes by Thurston Dart. London, Methuen & co. [1965]
    ML 501 .G2 1965

    Garofalo, Robert, and Mark Elrod. A Pictorial History of Civil War Era Musical Instruments & Military Bands. Charleston, W.Va.: Pictorial Histories, 1985.
    UH 40 .G2 1985

    Gates, Willey Francis. Pipe and strings. Three historic and descriptive evolution of the pianoforte, the violin and its ancestry. Cincinnati, New York: The J. Church co., c1895.
    ML462 .G25

    Geiringer, Karl. Instruments in the History of Western Music. 3rd ed. London and Boston: Allen and Unwin, 1978.
    ML 460.G4 1978b

    Groce, Nancy. Musical Instrument Making in New York City during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, 2 vols. n.p., 1982.
    ML 460.G7 1982a

    Henley, William. Antonio Stradivari, Master Luthier, Cremona, Italy, 1644-1737: His Life and Instruments. Edited and revised by C. Woodcock. Brighton and Sussex, England: Amati, 1961.
    ML 424.S8 H5

    Kartomi, Margaret J. On concepts and classifications of musical instruments. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1990. (Chicago studies in ethnomusicology)
    ML 460 K36 1990

    Linn, Karen. That Half-Barbaric Twang: The Banjo in American Popular Culture. Music in American Life. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991.
    ML 1015.B3 L5 1991

    Menuhin, Yehudi. The violin. Paris; New York: Flammarion, c1996.
    ML800 .M46 1996

    Munrow, David. Instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Oxford University Press, Music Dept., 1976.
    ML 460 M94

    Nordberger, Carl. Violinen och dess värld ; en bok om violinbyggare och violinister. Stockholm: A. Bonniers, 1961.
    ML800 .N67 1961

    Ord-Hume, Arthur W. J. G. Clockwork Music: An Illustrated History of Mechanical Musical Instruments from the Musical Box to the Pianola, From Automaton Lady Virginal Players to Orchestrion. N.Y.: Crown Publishers, 1973.
    ML 1050.O7

    Page, Christopher, ed. Music and Instruments of the Middle Ages: Studies on Texts and Performance. Aldershot, England and Brookfield, Vt.: Variorum, 1997.
    ML 170.M83 1997

    Panum, Hortense. The stringed instruments of the Middle Ages, their evolution and development; a detailed and comprehensive history, with illustrations, of the evolution of the mediaeval stringed musical instruments from their first appearance in the records of the earliest civilisations, through their gradual development in the Greek, Roman and Christian eras down to more recent times. [Translated] from the Danish of Hortense Panum. English ed., rev. and edited by Jeffrey Pulver. London, W. Reeves, [1939?]
    ML760 .P16 P8

    Rademacher, Johannes, Ann Jeffers-Brown, Sally Schreiber, and Bessie Blum. Musical Instruments. Crash Course Series. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's, 1997.
    ML 460.R32 1997

    Rault, Lucie. Musical instruments : craftmanship and traditions from prehistory to the present. New York : Harry N. Abrams Publishers, 2000.
    ML 460.R3413 2000

    Rueger, Christoph. Musical instruments and their decoration : historical gems of European culture. Newton Abbot : David & Charles, 1986.
    ML 460 R8313 1986B

    Sandys, William. The history of the violin, and other instruments played on with the bow from the remotest times to the present. London: J.R. Smith, 1864.
    ML755 .S32

    Schebek, Edmund. The violin manufacture in Italy and its German origin: an historical sketch Translated from the German by Walter E. Lawson. London: W. Reeves, [1906?]
    ML830 .S3

    Singer, Aaron. Labor Management Relations at Steinway & Sons, 1853-1896. American Business History. New York: Garland, 1986.
    HD 9999.M84 S747 1986

    Straeten, Edmund Sebastian Joseph van der. The history of the violin; its ancestors and collateral instruments from earliest times. New York: Da Capo Press, 1968.
    ML800 .S89 H5 1968 V.1-2

    Vail, Mark. Keyboard presents Vintage Synthesizers, Groundbreaking Instruments and Pioneering Designers of Electronic Music Synthesizers. San Francisco: GPI Books, 1993.
    ML 1092.V25 1993

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    La Facture de clavecin du Xve au XVIIIe siecle. Publications d'histoire de l'art et d'archeologie de'Universite de l'art. College Erasme, 1980.
    ML 652.F3

    Kinsky, Georg, ed. Geschichte der Musik in Bildern. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1929.
    ML 89.K6

    Mersenne, Marin. Harmonie universelle.
    Microfilm 26

    Prelleur, Peter. The Modern Musick Master: or, The Universal Musician, 1731. Edited by Alexander Hyatt King. Documenta musicologica. Kassel, New York: Bärenreiter, 1965.
    MT6.P93 1731a

    Weiss, Piero, and Richard Taruskin, eds. Music in the Western World: A History in Documents. New York: Schirmer Books, 1984.
    ML 160.M865 1984h3

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    II. Internet Sources

    120 Years of Electronic Music

    Accumulated Accordion Annotations Also contains Concertina and other free reed information

    America's Shrine to Music Museum


    Early Instruments Links by Early Music FAQ

    Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments

    Keyboard Instruments

    Smithsonian: Musical History

    Steinway Home Page

    U. K. Piano Page: A History of the Piano 1157-1999

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