A Tempo: Walking Through Musical History at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Jul 19, 2018

Fanfare, the opening gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Musical Instrument collection, featuring trumpets, horns and other related instruments from a variety of eras and cultures.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art earlier this year unveiled some of the main components of its renovated musical instrument galleries, and this Saturday A Tempo (7/21 at 7 pm) takes us on a tour through some of the highlights. Host Rachel Katz will interview Bradley Strauchen-Scherer about some of the changes, including a decision to move away from a more traditional geographic and cultural division of instruments in order to better illustrate how music across all cultures has played a fundamental role in how people have used music in their daily, ritual, ceremonial and entertainment activities. 

A 1720 grand piano by Bartolomeo Cristofori.
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A Chinese pipa from the late 16th-early 17th century.
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More images can be seen at the museum's website here. See here for a time-lapse video of the dismantling and reassembling of the Appleton Organ.

A violin by Andrea Amati, built circa 1559, with decorative lettering along the sides.
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