This 1956 educational compilation was edited by famed German musicologist Curt Sachs (1881 1959). Sachs was a cocreator of the SachsHornbostel system of musical instrument classification, which the album showcases using examples from previous Folkways recordings. The album begins with the most basic percussion, footstamping and handclapping. It continues with various membranophones (skinsounders), idiophones (selfsounders), aerophones (wind instruments), and chordophones (stringed instruments), and finishes with various examples of orchestral combinations of them all. The liner notes include an introductory essay by Sachs along with photographs and a discography of the source material used.
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