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Arts & Culture Obsolete Musical Instruments

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Joe, Feb 14, 2015.

  1. Joe

    Joe Full Member

    ....that are hardly played or virtually no new music written for them anymore.

    Here's a couple - the theobro and the viola de gamba {Laudate Dominum, Claudio Monteverdi}:

    their body of works is seldom heard & usually performed at obscure events such as this one.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2015
  2. Joe

    Joe Full Member

    Another, the Organistrum

  3. Joe

    Joe Full Member

    Similar to the organistrum is the hurdy-gurdy.

    Here's a modern composition with electronic accompaniment about the epic novel, Beowulf, played in the old medieval style:

  4. Joe

    Joe Full Member

    The Lute was an early European medieval instrument which was the predecessor of the modern guitar.

    The Fairy Round, Anthony Holborne

    The Night Watch, Anthony Holborne
  5. Joe

    Joe Full Member

    The crumhorn is another which has bitten the dust. It has largely been replaced by modern wind instruments such as clarinet or oboe:

    Al Milanese Castell´Arquato Manuscript - XVI Century Italian Renaissance Music
  6. bill barilko

    bill barilko Full Member

    The Theobro is still around here are two popular groups who bring the Big Guitar to life.

  7. Joe

    Joe Full Member

    This is ForumVancouver's 3500th discussion!
  8. Joe

    Joe Full Member

    The clavichord was one of the earliest keyboard instruments. It worked on the principle of metal appendages hitting a string mounted on the instrument, similar to the modern piano which uses felt hammers to make contact instead.

    The clavichord is seldom used for musical performances now and is mostly commonly found in museums these days.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2015
  9. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    The khaen (khene) from Laos.

    Modified sheng, a free reed wind instrument dating back to 1400 BCE.
  10. Bine

    Bine Full Member

    Behold the nyckelharpa


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