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Musical instrument
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1. Historical background

The realization of sounds and musical processes requires a sound generator. Across the world, therefore, the presentation of melodic and rhythmical phenomena is associated with the particular range of available instruments and the human voice. In Europe, that range of instruments is the legacy, secured in the early and high Middle Ages, of Gre…

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Busch-Salmen, Gabriele, “Musical instrument”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 11 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024412>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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