The Oxford companion to musical instruments / written and edited by Anthony Baines.

Other titles
  • Musical instruments
  • Musical instruments.
  • Oxford : Oxford University Press 1992
Physical description
xii, 404 p. : ill., music ; 24 cm.
  • 9780193113343
  • 0193113341


  • Musical instruments, from the simplest pipes and drums to those of the utmost complexity, have formed an integral part of the cultures of all peoples of the world from the beginning of time. Their range and diversity have inspired the skill and genius of maker, composer, and player. This book is a celebration of that achievement, examining in one alphabetical sequence the astonishing variety of Western and non-Western acoustic musical instruments. Individual entries encapsulate the essential information about the instrument considered. Each entry offers a concise description and, with the aid of numerous line drawings, illustrates details of its construction. Playing techniques are also discussed and major entries draw attention to significant developments in the history of the instrument. Dr Baines also deftly conveys the sound of the instrument and highlights characteristic examples of its use within the orchestral repertoire or, for ethnomusicological instruments, within rites of passage. Musical examples elucidate these points and the whole text is beautifully illustrated with over one hundred photographs. There are general articles on the instruments of specific periods, such as the Renaissance or Baroque, and the instruments of individual continents are considered as an entity. Instruments are also treated by family (woodwind, etc.) and by other common groupings, such as orchestra, brass band. In addition the book deals with a whole range of related subjects, for example acoustics, pitch, chord symbols; methods of playing, such as harmonics, circular breathing; and also such topics as fakes and forgeries and oddities like walking-stick instruments. There is an Appendix of makers mentioned within the text and full bibliographical details are provided for the books and other sources cited. In all, this book bears witness to the author's lifelong passion for musical instruments in all their splendid variety and is distinguished by his elegant prose and scholarship.

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University of Aberdeen Libraries: Sir Duncan Rice Library, Floor 4 784.1903 BAI
Bangor University Library: Music Reference ML102.I5 B34 1992
Bangor University Library: Normal Site Reference ML102.I5 B34 1992
University of Birmingham Libraries: Research Reserve [RR], Reference ML102.I5
British Library: Document Supply Services m03/36490
British Library: Humanities and Social Sciences, St Pancras Reading Rooms YC.1992.b.4593
Brunel University London Library: Shelves - floor 2 ML102.I5B34
University of Cambridge Libraries: Pendlebury Library of Music: Reading Room (not borrowable) Rb.412.610.O1
University of Cambridge Libraries: Corpus Christi College: Taylor Library O.BAI
University of Cambridge Libraries: Gonville and Caius College Library: Reference Ref 784.1903 O
University of Cambridge Libraries: University Library: Anderson Room (Not borrowable) MRR.7:5.8
University of Cambridge, King's College: King's College: Rowe Music Library VWL BT 3A Bai
Cardiff University Libraries: Music Library: Reference ML460.B2
Coventry University: Floor 2
Durham University Library: Bill Bryson Library, Level 3 784.1903 BAI
University of East Anglia Library: Main Library: Rolling stack main shelves - Floor 02 extension ML102.I5 OXF
University of Edinburgh Libraries: Main Library (REFERENCE) - 2nd floor Ref. ML102.I5 Bai.
University of Hull: BJL 6th Floor ML 102 I5 B1
University of Hull: BJL Reading Room Mezzanine ML 102 I5 B1
Imperial College London Library: Central Library: Level 5 784.19 OXF
University of Liverpool Library: Sydney Jones Library (Store) MUS AL11.B16
University of Liverpool Library: Sydney Jones Library (Store) MUS AL11.B16
London Metropolitan University Library: Aldgate Library 784.1903 BAI
University of Manchester Library: Main Library: Music Reference Red 2 781.91
University of Manchester Library: Lenagan Library: Lenagan Books 781.91
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Newcastle University Libraries: Research Reserve: Team Valley (General) 784.1903 OXF
Newcastle University Libraries: Philip Robinson Library: Robinson Books Level 4 784.1903 OXF
University of Nottingham Libraries: Denis Arnold Music Library
University of Oxford Libraries: Brasenose College Library: Old Cloisters Y/XA 7
University of Oxford Libraries: Bodleian Library M92.E13018
University of Oxford Libraries: Continuing Education Library 784.19 OXF Q/REF
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University of Oxford Libraries: St Hugh's College Library 784.19 BAI
University of Oxford Libraries: Lady Margaret Hall Library: Downstairs Floor 784.19 BAI
University of Oxford Libraries: Magdalen College Library: Longwall Library 784 OXF (ref.)
University of Oxford Libraries: Music Faculty Library BATE/REF.ONLY (Horwood Bequest)
University of Oxford Libraries: Music Faculty Library: First Floor ML102.I5 BAI 1992
University of Oxford Libraries: St Peter's College Library: Main Library Mu5/ BAI
University of Oxford Libraries: Wolfson College Library: Floersheimer 780 BAI
University of Oxford Libraries: Worcester College Library: Upper Library 23 d 1
Queen's University Belfast: McClay Floor 2 M50
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University of Reading Library: University Library: 3rd Floor 784.19-BAI
Royal Academy of Music Library: Library, On Shelves 789.99 BAI
Royal College of Music Library: Royal College of Music Library, Reference Open Shelf 780.3
Royal Holloway, University of London: Royal Holloway library Davison General One Week 784.19 BAI
Senate House Library, University of London: Senate House Library MUSIC 5th Floor ML 780.385 [Oxford]
University of Sheffield Library: Information Commons Main sequence 784.1903 (B)
University of Surrey: Main Collection 786 BAI
Trinity College Dublin Library: Ussher, 2nd Floor 784.19 N2
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance: Reference collection 785 BAI
University of Warwick Library: Store ML 102.I5