Music History

Music history as it was seen and recorded long ago.

violin

Brief Genealogical History of the Violin

The generic terms for instruments in the violin family include rebec, rubebe, gigue, viols of all kinds, violin, viola, violoncello, violone. These were portable instruments of different sizes constructed on the common principle of...

Zinke

History of the Zinke

The Zinke, also called the Cornetto or Cornet a Bouquin, is one of the oldest instruments known. It consists of a wooden tube, slightly conical, covered with leather, having six holes for the fingers,...

lute

Music Instruments: History of the Lute

A lute is a large and beautiful stringed instrument with a long neck and fretted fingerboard. It was used greatly at one time but is now obsolete. In mediaeval Latin the lute is called...

Morris Dance

History of the Morris Dance

A Morris is a sort of pageant, accompanied with dance, called Morris dance. It was probably derived from the Morisco, a Moorish dance formerly popular in Spain and France. Although the name points to...

Neapolitan mandolin

Music Instruments: Mandolin

The mandolin is a small and very beautifully formed stringed instrument of the lute kind, with deeper convexity of back than the lute. It is, as its name implied, less in size than the...

Opera singers

List of Famous Singers 1680 to 1900

Below is a list of some of the most famous opera singers from 1680 to 1900. This list of opera singers includes, in most cases, their birth year, debut year, retirement year, and death...

basset horn

Music Instruments: Basset Horn

Basset Horn The basset horn is a single beating instrument originating in Europe. An alto or tenor clarinet in F, which was becoming obsolete. It was being superseded by an alto clarinet in E...

archlute

Music Instruments: Archlute

Archlute The archlute has a large pear shaped body, in fact an ordinary lute furnished with an additional peg box, in order to give greater length to the bass strings. A specimen in the...

slide trombone

Music Instruments: Trombone

Trombone The name signifies the bass of the trumpet family. It used to be called the sackbut. The tenor trombone is the one most used in the orchestra and has an entire length of...

Burmese Soung

Music Instruments: Burmese Soung

Bermese Soung This graceful boat shaped harp is the forerunner of the present triangular orchestral instrument. A curved neck rises from one end, and assists in the support of the strings, whose tension is...