The Physics of Musical Instruments

The Physics of Musical Instruments

by Thomas D. Rossing, N. H. Flechter
     
 

While musical instruments are nearly as old as civilization itself, the science of acoustical research is quite recent. This book describes the results of such acoustical investigations, discussing most of the traditional instruments currently in use in Western music. This second edition has been thoroughly revised to take into account the insights arising from the…  See more details below

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While musical instruments are nearly as old as civilization itself, the science of acoustical research is quite recent. This book describes the results of such acoustical investigations, discussing most of the traditional instruments currently in use in Western music. This second edition has been thoroughly revised to take into account the insights arising from the most recent research in the field. 945 illus.

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Books of similar title are most commonly addressed to general readers, and presume only the command of mathematics/physics which might reasonably be expected of your typical fiddler. Lothar Cremer's The Physics of the violin (MIT, 1983) provides a beautiful example of the kind of writing which might result when a scientific author elects to "pull out all the stops" in treating the subtleties of such a theme. The present volume occupies the middle ground, and represents therefore a particularly useful contribution to the literature; one encounters here some partial differential equations, some formulae, but also a lot of clear writing and many good figures. The treatment is comprehensive and reasonably detailed. (NW) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387969473
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date:
11/15/1991
Pages:
620

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