Art history of musical instruments - (Luke Knight)

Instruments have been a vital part of humans and music. The art behind the design of instruments are what make the unique sounds that have lasted through centuries of music. Many instruments used today have actually been derived from ancient instruments. My gallery will take you on a few brief moments behind the history and advancement of musical instruments.

While they may not look like it in this photo, ivory instruments, especially ivory flutes, are known to be the oldest instruments created as far back as 35,000 years ago. Modern day instruments like the flute or clarinets have expanded these ideas. As a matter of fact, the U.S created a ban on ivory trading so just selling these instruments from collector to collector can have many regulations to go through just for the transaction to take place.
The cello has been around since the 16th century and is a member of the violin family. I believe they called it "The King" because it was the biggest during the time it was created. The first model made was made with only three strings. Note the symmetry of the way it was designed. Without the symmetry of this instrument, the sound produced would not appear as smooth when played.
I was rather surprised the alto saxophone was created as early as 1860. It has an elegant brass design with several keys and any combination of keys could produce a separate note or sound. The alto saxophone would later add members to the family including a soprano sax, tenor sax, and baritone sax. These instruments span across different ranges and registers that are similar to the violin family.
This instrument I found interesting for the fact that you can produce two different sounds depending on which bell you play out of. The double-bellell euphonium was not able to play out of both bells but was unique for having the ability to produce these two individual timbres. This instrument would be made with brass and includes many precise chambers used to replicate the correct sound.
This grand piano is the exact representation of why the piano is called grand. This static object is covered in bronze with paintings from the era along the sides of the piano. It has very tight corners and sharp edges but at the same time keeps a theme of smooth and elegant curves most notably on the legs that hold the piano. I would imagine the detail put into this piano would make it far more costly than any average piano.
Although this model of the valve trombone may no longer be available, this model has inspired better models of valve trombones to be made. The instrument keeps my last couple of instrument's theme with being made from a bronze or brass substance. The shape of this instrument includes many longer and rounded curves.
This appears to be a homemade of a harp. The base of the harp looks to be a hollowed piece of wood covered by some type of animal skin. The handle is a hand carved piece of wood, while are attached to the animal skin and to the elongated and curved wood at the top. I am intrigued to wonder how the sound produce would relate to that of a traditional harp we know today.
The instruments shown today seem to have a close relation to the acoustic guitars we are familiar with today. Each of these produced a specific sound based on the many different materials they would be made with. However, they all keep some type of symmetry and have smooth and rounded curves with the only sharp edges coming from the top of the necks. It is interesting to note that no matter the relation, guitars come in a variety of string combinations. Some may have four strings and some can even have up to 12.
This version of a drum has a huge amount of history included. This drum is more than likely what we would call a snare drum in today's society. The object base is completely rounded made with wood, animal skin on the top and bottom and ropes tightened to hold the sound and create the timbre. This drum was more likely taken into battle during the civil war. The drummer boy of the battalion would not battle like a soldier, but was there to help the troops stay in step and keep the soldiers motivated on long marches to their future battles.
Notice this Les Paul electric guitar has a little less symmetry than the other guitar relatives previously shown. The reason this does not matter as much is that the sound the guitar produces requires an amp to be connected to the guitar and played from the speaker. The electric guitar was revolutionary when first made and ever since has been expanded to reproduce many different timbres and sounds. Like I mentioned earlier the guitar may not be as symmetrical, it still maintains the smooth rounded curves that other relatives have.
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