The Hammered Dulcimer: A History

The Hammered Dulcimer: A History

by Paul M. Gifford
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Dirty Linen
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 pages...an important addition to our understanding of the folk music revivals of the late 20th century.
Journal of The American Musical Instrument Society
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.
Choice
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.
Journal Of The American Musical Instrument Society
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.
CHOICE
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.
Booknews
When he began research, archivist and librarian Gifford (U. of Michigan-Flint) discovered that many cultures of the world have a version of the hammered dulcimer, and each considers it their own traditional native instrument. He traces its origins and subsequent history, emphasizing its place in American history and music. Except for the chronological chapters on the US, he treats each tradition under its native name, among them Hackbrett, cimbalom, salterio, and santur. He seems to have missed the Japanese butterfly entirely. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810839434
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
04/15/2001
Series:
American Folk Music and Musicians Series, #6
Pages:
482
Sales rank:
1,042,846
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.19(d)

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

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