The Hammered Dulcimer

The Hammered Dulcimer : A History

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The last quarter of the twentieth-century saw a renewed interest in the hammered dulcimer in the United States at the grassroots level as well as from elements of the Folk Revival. This book offers the reader a discussion of the medieval origins of the dulcimer and its subsequent spread under many different names to other parts of the world. Drawing on articles the author has written in English as well as articles by specialists in their own languages, Gifford explains the history and evolution of the instrument. Special attention is paid to the North American tradition from the early 18th-century to the 1970s revival. Drawing from local histories, news clippings, photographs, and interviews, the book examines the playing of the dulcimer and its associated social meanings.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 152 x 227 x 36mm | 776g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0810839431
  • 9780810839434
  • 2,267,306

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No one knows as much about the dulcimer as Paul M. Gifford, and he has distilled decades of study of the instrument and its history into a fascinating and readable book of some 400 important addition to our understanding of the folk music revivals of the late 20th century. * Dirty Linen * In this important, impeccably researched book, Paul Gifford traces the evolution and musical history of the hammered dulcimer...Gifford's book should become the standard one on the topic of hammered dulcimers. It is a welcome addition to the literature on musical instruments in general as well as to Scarecrow Press's fine series American Folk Music and Musicians. * Journal of The American Musical Instrument Society * Gifford (Univ. of Michigan, Flint) offers a fascinating history of a number of instruments considered "hammered dulcimers,"...Well researched and documented, critical of some conventional wisdom, and not technically overpowering, this book will speak to students from high school and up to scholars and college faculty. * CHOICE *
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About Paul M. Gifford

Paul M. Gifford is an Associate Archivist at the University of Michigan-Flint Library.
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