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Subject Guide Music: Instruments

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The essential reference source for finding information about musical instruments, past and present, is

New Grove Encyclopedia of Musical Instruments (3 vols.)  REF ML102.I5N48 1985

Books on specific instruments may also be found in the general collection by searching the online catalog

Finding books in the general collection - see Books tab

Web Sites

Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments – beautiful photos and detailed information about the instruments in this collection; includes string, keyboard, and wind instruments as well as non-western instruments; includes sound clips from recent performances.

MOMI: the Museum of Musical Instruments – an outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century instruments; articles, exhibits and collection descriptions with photos.

Musical Instrument Museum – a large collection of musical instruments from a variety of world cultures; online exhibits are organized geographically.

National Music Museum – from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, a virtual version of their renowned museum of musical instruments from many time periods and cultures; includes sound clips.


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The librarian liaison to Music is Kathryn Kalmanson, | 410-543-6190