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New, July 2017

The Magpie in Ethnomusicology, The John Blacking Memorial Lecture, 1997

The Javanese Gamelan Kyai Madu Laras


Supplement to Reed Instruments - the Montagu Collection: An Annotated Catalogue (Lanham, Scarecrow Press, 2001). Download. (1 mb)

A CD-ROM with illustrations of all the instruments in the book is available only from the Author. These are arranged in two complete series, one typologically so that you can see all the shawms, for example, in one series; the other page by page so that you can see what the instruments look like as you read the book.

An acoustical problem

As Like as Two Peas

The Billingsgate Trumpet

Brexit -- Why I voted leave

Citt-Gitt

A Clavichord By Hieronymus Hass in the Bate, and how we treat our instruments

Collecting Musical Instruments

The Conch

Corrections for Diagram Group 'Musical Instruments of the World'

Cowbells – a Request

Did shawms exist in antiquity?

The Divorce of Organology from Ethnomusicology

Don't go overboard about ivory

Drum rhythms for dance music.

Early Music – Earlier and Later

Ellis at Belfast.

ESEM – Why it Began

FoMRHI history

The Galpin Oboe

Genesis of the Duct Flute

Grove Picture Story

Historical Instruments and their Role

Hornbostel-Sachs Reconsidered

How Far Do We Dare to Revise Hornbostel and Sachs?

How Music and Instruments Began

Hypothesis on the Symphony

Instrumental Influences in the Mediterranean

The Mary Rose- What’s here, what isn’t here, and why were they there?

Metal-covered threads before 1600 (by Gwen Montagu)

Muslim Influence and the Global Mediterranean

Muslim Influence in Spain

The Oldest Organ in Christendom

On the Skill of Viennese Brass Instrument Makers

Organological Gruyère

A Polemic After a Conference

Popular Oboes of the Mediterranean

Pottery Skeuomorphs of Conches in Antiquity

Provision of Plans

Secret Aerophones

Side-Blown Horns

The Silver Trumpets, Ḥatsots’rōt

Some manuscripts in the British Library with Instruments

Survival of Instrumental Types around the Baltic

Tuning and Tempering

Typology and Classification

Voices and Instruments

What can we expect museums to allow?

What do we mean by 415?

What Is Ethnomusicology?

Why ethno-organology?

William of Wykeham’s Crozier

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