Early music instruments

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The Madelon is 137 cm high, and weighs 8.5 kg. The resonance box and the frame are made of sipo mahogany wood. Maple is also possible. The yearrings are at a right-angle to the wood (radially sawn), so there it wont suffer from distortion like conventionally sawn wood The top surface is made of fichte wood and is also radially sawn (Ceder also possible). The levers are high quality (truitt levers) and the C's and F's are distinguishable from the other levers (heart shape) which makes changing (during play) easier The levers are adjustable with a small imbus tool The back side is made out of seven segments. This comfortably fits against the body during play. The harp is delivered with case, imbus tool and tuning tool.

Gerhard Bos takes great interest in the history of medieval music, historical instruments in general and the characteristics of the lute in particular. After extensive personal research based on written publications and several visits to international museums and displays of historical music and instruments, Bos started renaissance and baroque lute-making in 1982 in the village of Grijpskerk (NL). His workshop soon turned out too small and 12 years later he moved to Wolvega (NL) and improved his production-capacity in a new workshop.

The fine grain spruce soundboard is ornamented with a graceful rosette. The neck is made of abaci and is dressed with ebony, whereas the pegs are made of plum-wood. The 650 gram lute produces a very clear, bright sound. A very special item is the renaissance lute (student lute), an instrument with an excellent sound at a very reasonable price. The lute is made of ash-wood with a sitka - spruce soundboard and an ebony fingerboard. It is a perfect lute for beginners, school-instructions and also for players who want an additional lute. Additionally, for advanced players, the chitarronne (theorbo) and baroque guitar are available. For the exclusive class, Gerhard Bos offers an excellent choice of wood and rosette-designs.

Things you did not know about early music instruments

Music is, beyond all its pompous or scientific definitions, part of the things that crucially separates man from the rest of the animal kingdom. It is through music that we are able to express ideas and emotions in most subtle and delicate of ways like no other creatures on Earth. But no matter its importance in our lives, music’s dawns of history remain for their most part a blurred mystery. How did it come to be? How did humans begin to sing? These questions still remain unanswered whilst archeologist could only sketch the forms of this art through old objects believed to be used in creating music.

The long stretching history of music

You can safely say that songs have accompanied man from his very beginnings and there is no one who could argue with that. Even though dating musical instruments is a mind bugling challenge – as their complexity varied a lot over the millennia – some things remain certain. For example, the Divje Babe Flute found in Slovenia remains for this time the world’s oldest known musical instrument and attests that tuneful sounds were made even 40,000 years ago and you can hear it sometimes on live sex cams too.

The oldest devices are considered to be drums, rattles and stampers as they include a more primitive maneuvering that is percussion. The materials used in manufacturing them were limited to bones, shells, slits, and animal skins. Moving forward to the antiquity when the great ancient civilizations – Egypt, Sumer, Mesopotamia - were already established, instruments such as sistra, bells and clappers were intensively used in various ceremonials.

Despite the advancements in language and sciences, most of the information relied on artistic representations, thus making it difficult for us today to understand the ways they were created. In Rome and Greece, though great development was made in architecture and sculpture, the music was mostly ‘imported’. Thus the lyre – extensively used to honor the great Olympian gods in Live Sex Cams – was probably taken from the Egyptians. By the Middle Ages, music instruments have spread all over as all great cultures have taken some influence from other civilizations.

Such is the case of China who has established its orchestra by adding clarinets, oboes, and lutes, but most importantly the zither – around which the Chinese have built their specific sounds. In this time, the Europeans made their music more sophisticated as their attention shifted to polyphony; the first versions of violins emerge just about in this period.

Organology - the science of musical instruments - has advanced greatly in its inquiries, and as days pass by we know more about the history of music than we knew the day before. Even so, some things about the ancient sounds keep on seeming far out of reach; we may never know exactly when and where is the origin of the first musical device. The only things certain are that music is our trademark as a species and we have the beast means of molding it by the wish of our hearts.