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Of music and musical instruments

museum of musical instrumentsRecently I visited a small yet very well organized museum of ancient musical instruments.  I read a moving paragraph on an information board in the museum. Photography was not allowed in the museum.  I stood there and wrote the paragraph down in my note book.  I am reproducing the same here.   Some of the things said in the short paragraph may sound very obvious to many of you.  Whoever contributed to writing the paragraph must have given a lot of thought to prepare it. 

Musical instruments are inseparably connected to their functional purpose, i.e., the music created through them.  Engaging the interest of the public- is how exposition of musical instruments acquire its correct value.  With them we start, to them we return……in our study of the laws governing the sound present in nature…… of which we are a part.  In our investigations of the principles of harmony in the cosmos and in the microcosm of our being; in the exploration of the mechanisms of sound concealed within their structure and the materials out of which they are made;  in our knowledge of those who played them, for what occasions, whether accompanied by the sound of voice or the pass of a dance, if played alone or with others.  Every civilization and epoch choose among the many possible means to make music those that best respond to the expressive, aesthetic and social needs of the moment: thus, the inventions, the rejections, the transformations.  Hence, the history of musical instruments.


About CanTHeeRava

I am CanTHeeRava (ಶ್ರೀಕಣ್ಠ ದಾನಪ್ಪಯ್ಯ) from Bangalore (ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು), INDIA. Areas of my training and interests include Sciences, Indian Classical (Carnatic) Music, Languages, Poetry (Kannada and English), Test Cricket, and Educational & Political Reform


3 thoughts on “Of music and musical instruments

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    Posted by SongSpire | ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 18, 2012, 19:35
  2. A very good paragraph written. Yes, music just responds to the needs of the society. I always wondered why different kind of music instruments have developed in different cultures.

    Posted by Gourish Yaji | ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 2, 2012, 04:12
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    Posted by Max | ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 20, 2012, 03:04

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