MFA Highlights
Musical Instruments

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Darcy Kuronen

MFA Highlights presents the best of the museum’s collections in a new series of accessible, uniform paperback volumes.

Musical instruments are among the most meaningful artifacts produced by humankind, a marriage of technology, artistry, symbolism, religion, and entertainment. Musical Instruments presents over 100 examples from the MFA’s world-renowned collection, spanning centuries and cultures, offering a brilliant array of instruments as producers of aural and visual delight. The pieces shown here – which range from an ancient Greek trumpet to a modern lap steel guitar, and from earthenware panpipes to the complex Indonesian gamelan -- are remarkable not only for the sounds they produce, but also for their extraordinarily varied physical aspects. This volume offers an accessible introduction to the genre, conveying the richness, artistry, and significance of musical instruments around the world.

168 pages.
140 color illustrations.
7" x 9".

Available on the iBookstore Click Here

Musical Instruments is now available as an enhanced e-book for the iPad! Featuring 23 video and 25 audio clips that bring the Museum’s collection to life, this e-book allows readers to discover how many of the 100 instruments in the book sound and to see how they are held when played.