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Historically Informed Performance

Find and evaluate primary sources to enrich your musical understanding and performances!

Instrument Histories in Grove

A great place to begin researching your instrument is the Grove Music entry on it. Go to Oxford Music Online or visit the library and search for Pianoforte, for example.

Library Books About Early Instruments

Books about the history of the clavichordharpsichord, and piano, including:

Books about the history of the violin, cello, viola da gamba, and other stringed instruments. Example include:

Books about the history of the flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, and other wind instruments, including these: