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

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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. 

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A 1720 grand piano by Bartolomeo Cristofori.

Bradley Strauchen-Scherer describes some of the earliest instruments on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Arts' musical instruments galleries.
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A Chinese pipa from the late 16th-early 17th century.

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.

Bradley Strauchen-Scherer discusses some of the Western stringed instruments on display, including Stradivarius violins.
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A violin by Andrea Amati, built circa 1559, with decorative lettering along the sides.

Bradley Strauchen-Scherer talks about Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown, whose musical instrument collection forms the backbone of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's musical instrument collection.