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The Hammered Dulcimer : A History - Paul M. Gifford

The Hammered Dulcimer

A History

Hardcover Published: 13th June 2001
ISBN: 9780810839434
Number Of Pages: 480

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The last quarter of the twentieth-century saw a renewed interest in the hammered dulcimer in the United States at the grassroots level as well as from elements of the Folk Revival. This book offers the reader a discussion of the medieval origins of the dulcimer and its subsequent spread under many different names to other parts of the world. Drawing on articles the author has written in English as well as articles by specialists in their own languages, Gifford explains the history and evolution of the instrument. Special attention is paid to the North American tradition from the early 18th-century to the 1970s revival. Drawing from local histories, news clippings, photographs, and interviews, the book examines the playing of the dulcimer and its associated social meanings.

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No one knows as much about the dulcimer as Paul M. Gifford, and he has distilled decades of study of the instrument and its history into a fascinating and readable book of some 400 pages...an important addition to our understanding of the folk music revivals of the late 20th century.--Dirty Linen

Illustrationsp. ix
Figuresp. xiii
Maps and Tablesp. xvi
Musical Examplesp. xvii
Forewordp. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Introductionp. 1
Forerunnersp. 7
The Dulcimer's Originsp. 25
The Santurp. 45
The Hackbrettp. 65
The Cimbalom Familyp. 103
The Pantaleonp. 165
The Salteriop. 171
The French Psalterion and Tympanonp. 189
The Yangqin Familyp. 195
The Dulcimer in the British Islesp. 213
The Dulcimer in America, 1717-1850p. 239
The Dulcimer in North America, 1850-1900p. 251
The Design of Nineteenth-Century American Dulcimersp. 289
The Dulcimer in North America, 1900-1975p. 313
The Dulcimer's American Revivalp. 351
Dulcimer to "Hammer(ed) Dulcimer": Transformation of the Instrument since 1970p. 373
Tuningsp. 393
Michigan Dulcimer Players Identified in 1910 Censusp. 409
Select Bibliographyp. 413
Indexp. 427
About the Authorp. 440
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ISBN: 9780810839434
ISBN-10: 0810839431
Series: American Folk Music and Musicians
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 13th June 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 14.94  x 3.84
Weight (kg): 0.8

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