The Hammered Dulcimer: A History by Paul M. GiffordThe Hammered Dulcimer: A History by Paul M. Gifford

The Hammered Dulcimer: A History

byPaul M. Gifford

Hardcover | June 13, 2001

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The last quarter of the twentieth-century saw a renewed interest in the hammered dulcimer in the United States at the grassroots level as well as from elements of the Folk Revival. This book offers the reader a discussion of the medieval origins of the dulcimer and its subsequent spread under many different names to other parts of the world. Drawing on articles the author has written in English as well as articles by specialists in their own languages, Gifford explains the history and evolution of the instrument. Special attention is paid to the North American tradition from the early 18th-century to the 1970s revival. Drawing from local histories, news clippings, photographs, and interviews, the book examines the playing of the dulcimer and its associated social meanings.
Paul M. Gifford is an Associate Archivist at the University of Michigan-Flint Library.
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Title:The Hammered Dulcimer: A HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 8.94 × 5.99 × 1.4 inPublished:June 13, 2001Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810839431

ISBN - 13:9780810839434

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Gifford (Univ. of Michigan, Flint) offers a fascinating history of a number of instruments considered "hammered dulcimers,"...Well researched and documented, critical of some conventional wisdom, and not technically overpowering, this book will speak to students from high school and up to scholars and college faculty.