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A Descriptive Catalogue of the Musical Instruments in the South Kensington Museum. Preceded by an Essay on the History of Musical Instruments

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THE collection of musical instruments in the Museum at South Kensington is one of considerable and of varied interest. Consisting, as it does mainly, of the instruments employed by various nations within the last few centuries, it exemplifies the improvements in art and the gradual development of scientific principles in construction. But it includes also instruments of more remote dates such as would range within “the middle ages,” and a few of prehistoric period. In the last case a similarity of musical instruments and of musical systems may be an important assistance in determining the ethnology of an extinct people, while the practice of opposite systems by neighbouring races will be a strong inference that they sprung from different stocks.

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