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and Their History

Anthony Baines

“This excellent book ought to be in every library”—Musical Times.

Widely acclaimed for its scholarship, comprehensiveness and originality, this superior study by a leading authority on woodwind instruments is considered the definitive work on the subject. In it, Anthony Baines, the well-known English musicologist, conductor, instrumentalist and curator of the Bate Collection of Historical Wind Instruments at Oxford University, combines a history of wood- winds with detailed descriptions of the various instruments in use today.

Part One introduces the woodwinds and thoroughly describes each of the orchestral instruments—their design, basic components, construction, variations and idiosyncrasies. Woodwinds primarily in use in military and brass bands and several folk instruments are included as well. Playing technique, matters of acoustics and pitch, types of reeds and reed-making and other related subjects are thoughtfully explored. Clear photographs of the instruments and their components are included along with fingering charts and diagrams.

Part Two outlines the history of woodwinds from primitive times to the present, tracing various technical changes, particularly in the more recent processes of mechanization.

Throughout, Anthony Baines writes for the performer, the scholar and the listener. All who play or listen to wind instruments will find much in this brilliant study that will appeal to them. “Mr. Baines’ knowledge of his subject is encyclopaedic and his style and manner of presentation competely absorbing. Above all, this is the work of a dedicated scholar whose principal experience is practical”—The Times Educational Supplement (London).

Unabridged, slightly corrected Dover (1991) republication of the work published by Faber and Faber Limited, London, 1957; 3rd edition, corrected, 1977. Foreword by Sir Adrian Boult. Glossary. Appendixes. 34 halftones. 41 line illustrations. 25 musical examples. 16 fingering charts. 416 pp. 5 3/8 x 8 1/2. Paperbound.

Free Complete Dover Music Catalog available upon request.


We have made every effort to make this the best book possible. Our paper is opaque, with minimal show-through; it will not discolor or become brittle with age. Pages are bound in signatures, in the method traditionally used for the best books, and will not drop out. Books open flat for easy reference. The binding will not crack or split. This is a permanent book.

ISBN 0—486—26885—3

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