By Ralph Lee Smith
After reviewing the instrument's precise musical positive aspects, Ralph Lee Smith provides the dulcimer's tale chronologically, tracing its roots in a Renaissance German device, the scheitholt; describing the early heritage of the scheitholt and the dulcimer in the United States; and outlining the improvement of targeted dulcimer types in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Kentucky. the tale keeps into the 20 th Century, in the course of the ultimate team of tradition-based Appalachian makers whose paintings flowed into the nationwide scene of the folks Revival.
This totally revised variation offers elevated information regarding the historical past of thescheitholt and the dulcimer ahead of the Civil conflict and discusses traditions and kinds which are nonetheless being came across and documented. Smith additionally provides his own adventures in trying to find the dulcimer's historical past. a brand new ultimate bankruptcy describes forms and kinds that don't healthy with ease into the mainstream improvement of the software. The ebook concludes with numerous appendixes, together with measurements of consultant dulcimers and listings of dulcimer recordings within the Archive of people tradition of the Library of Congress.
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