Around the World in 80 Musical Instruments

Around the World in 80 Musical Instruments

Nancy Dickmann


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Can a drum tell the news? How do you play a carrot? Can you turn a cave's stalactites into an organ? (Spoiler alert: yes, you can!)

Including a stunning central gatefold that opens out to reveal the family tree of musical instruments, Around the World in 80 Musical Instruments is a visual celebration of the huge variety of instruments played across the world, from those you know to those you almost certainly don't. Discover traditional instruments from various cultures, such as the gamelan and mbira, as well as the creations of modern artists and musicians, such as the Wintergatan Marble Machine and the eerie-sounding Earth harp.

Feel inspired to make some noise? Explore the 'make your own' sections to create your own instruments from things around the home.


Nancy Dickmann:
Nancy Dickmann grew up in the USA, but she has now lived in England long enough to think that cold and rain are normal. She is an experienced children's non-fiction writer, a Mastermind champion, and a classically trained pianist who now teaches piano to children and dabbles in cello, guitar and ukulele. Nancy is based in Oxfordshire.