Lebrecht March 2009 Newsletter

This month’s newsletter is all about Music Pictures at Lebrecht:

Lebrecht is proud to announce that it now represents the unique musical instrument collection created at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. We have online over 1000 images from this collection and new photos are being continually added. This invaluable resource joins our existing collections of every kind of musical instrument, ranging from ocarinas, which were first invented thousands of years ago to over 200 different types of electric guitar – including the famous cornflakes packet guitar.

Working through all these images we were continually struck by how different they looked and were endlessly amazed at the materials, such as lead and feathers and bones, that were used to make them.

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The Museum began its collection in 1917 with the donation of 560 instruments amassed by musical scholar Francis W. Galpin. This includes many classic European American musical instruments. The core collection expanded to include an entire Javanese gamelan orchestra made in 1840 and an unusual ensemble of Thai and Burmese instruments. We are delighted to be able to display these images as they are a truly comprehensive collection ranging from bagpipes, piccolos and fifes to harps and zithers, psalteries and dulcimers, pianos and violins, the Chinese erhu to the Zimbabwean Mbir (Lamellaphone ) and the Japanese hora (shell trumpet).

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