Sounds of the Silk Road
Musical Instruments of Asia

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Text by Mitchell Clark

From the cymbals and gongs used by Chinese priests to invoke deities to the oboes and drums of Turkish weddings, music and its related instruments are an integral part of life throughout Asia. Sounds of the Silk Road surveys Asian instruments and the traditions that have engendered them, offering the reader ways to approach these often unfamiliar objects and the music they produce. This beautiful book is the first to deal with this topic in such depth and breadth, and is the first to feature the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's world-renowned collection. Each chapter focuses on a specific country's musical traditions and instruments. Some 50 instruments are highlighted, ranging from silk-stringed zithers to shell trumpets and from double-headed drums made from human skulls to the complex Javanese gamelan.

144 pages, 100 color.
8" x 9.5".