A to Z of Musical Instruments

Discover our musical instruments glossary with our complete a to z of instruments from across the world.

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Erhu

Erhu

Exploring the Erhu: A Timeless Presence in Chinese Music. Discover its roots in traditional performances, its role in ‘guoyue,’ and its evolving significance through the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Guzheng

Guzheng

Unveiling the Guzheng: Ancient Origins and Everlasting Resonance. Explore the debate over its emergence, legends of its strings, and its evolving design and popularity, resonating through centuries.

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Contrabass Clarinet

Contrabass Clarinet

Originating in the 17th century, it evolved from the clarinet family, gaining size and range. Limited in production due to size, it’s found in classical and pop music.

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Drum Kit

Drum Kit

Born from a combination of percussion instruments in the 1860s, it evolved with bass pedals, hi-hats, and jazz’s rise. Its impact on music spans jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, and beyond.

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Mandola

Mandola

From Lute to Modern Folk. Discover its evolution from the lute, its role as a precursor to the mandolin, and its enduring presence in both historical and contemporary music, enriching the world of folk ensembles.

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Soprano Saxophone

Soprano Saxophone

Unique Sax Family Legacy. Crafted by Adolphe Sax, this woodwind hybrid shaped jazz with its distinct sound. From serpent to modern sax, it bridges brass and woodwind worlds.

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Timpani

Timpani

Ancient Roots to Orchestral Pillar. Explore the evolution from ancient drum artifacts to modern kettle drums, shaped by composers like Beethoven and Berlioz, and their enduring significance in orchestras worldwide.

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Ocarina

Ocarina

Journey into the Ocarina’s Past: An Ancient Legacy of Music. From Aztec beginnings to global popularity, uncover its evolution through centuries, material continuity, and enduring cultural significance.

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Baritone Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone

Notable in jazz bands, it transitioned from ensemble to soloist in the 20th century due to musicians like Harry Carney and Serge Chaloff.

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