Organology

DEFINITION

The science of musical instruments including their classification and development throughout history and cultures as well as the technical study of how they produce sound. The Hornbostel-Sachs system of musical instrument classification is probably the best-known system in use today.See also Musicology; Ethnomusicology; Hornbostel-Sachs; Erich Moritz von Hornbostel; Curt Sachs.

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