When traveling anywhere outside of your native tongue, language barriers can be awkward and quite annoying. Music, however, is a safe common ground. It is much more than a language. It is a feeling, an expression, and a beautiful form of art that is not only pleasing to the eye, but to the spirit and well-being. This gallery includes images and artwork that represents music from around the world.

Here we have what is known as the, Dudy/Bock, or bagpipe. This instrument is most popular in The Czech Republic and is used for folk music in particular. Musicians would accompany this bagpipe with a violin or clarinet. Because of its bag-like shape and horn piece structure, it can easily be recognized as an instrument similar to our bagpipe.
This instrument is known as a, Kin. Because of its bowl-like shape, it is also referred to as a, bowl gong. The structure of the gong is built from bronze and sits on top of a cushion that is fitted on a wooden stand with bronze trimmings. This musical instrument can be found in Japan. It is used for Buddhist temple music and theater music and is played in junction with the mokugyo, which is a wooden percussion instrument.
This particular instrument is known as the Tar. This musical instrument hails from Azerbaijan. The Tar is usually played in what is known as, mugham trios; which are folk music traditions. As you can tell by its shape, its body and long neck, it is similar to our version of the guitar. The tar is made up of 9 strings that create 9 tones. This specific tar is seen decorated in mother-of-pearl, which gives it that smooth, shiny appearance.
Here we have what is known as the Thumb Piano. The thumb piano is a musical instrument that comes from a West African country known as, Angola. This instrument is constructed of brass and iron with a hardwood body. The thumb piano is appropriately played with the thumbs, thus the name given, thumb piano. The thumb piano is mostly heard in African music traditions.
This musical instrument is known as the, Santour. This stringed instrument can be found in Japan. The santour is a stringed instrument that is hit with wooden pick-like pieces. This particular santour is constructed of 18 rows of 4 strings each in a bowed out fashion. The body of this instrument is made out of wood with a gold trim around the front. The set up of the strings and shape of the body imply that, perhaps this instrument was designed specifically that way for sound quality and balance.
This musical instrument is known as the Timpani. Although this instrument can be found in Arabic areas and other European areas, this particular pair is the German version. It is assembled by sheets of copper that have been hammered and lined with animal skin drumheads. Attached to the bottom is a three-legged stand, which was made so that the drums could be played inside. The timpani drums are usually played with instruments such as the trumpet. The drums sit side by side and are proportionate to each other to ensure balanced sound.
Originally hailing from France, this instrument is known as the, Copper Serpent. The copper serpent seen here was built by, William Lander in England. He constructed this brass instrument by two sheets of copper. The copper serpent was mainly used in the church; however, it was occasionally used in the military. Its distinct shape may set it apart from other brass instruments but its mouthpiece, color, and open end are similar to our brass instruments.
This particular instrument is known as the, Chest Organ. This musical instrument comes from Northern Germany and was built by Jacob Hannss. Although this instrument may be small, it needs two people to operate. One plays the organ while the other person must work the bellows. The shape and pattern of the chest organ suggest that this musical instrument was used mainly in the church.
Hailing from Nurnberg, Germany, this musical instrument is known as the Miniature Natural Horn. This miniature natural horn was built by Johann Wilhelm Hass. The horn is gold plated with silver features and has an elegantly braided rope attached. The pattern and design of the miniature natural horn suggest that this instrument was used to represent royalty and riches.
This instrument is known as the, Amati Cello, or The King. This musical instrument was built by Andrea Amati, in Cremona, Italy. When this instrument was first constructed it was only built with three strings, however, they are now built with four strings. Paris native, Sebastian Renault, revamped this particular Amati cello. On the back of the cello or, The King, you have what appears to be a person wearing a crown wielding a sword surrounded by other religious figures. The colors and pattern of the painting suggest that this cello was painted for its use and representation for the church.
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