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The Story of the Dulcimer (Charles K. Wolfe Music)

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(Last Updated On: December 27, 2016)

Perhaps no instrument better represents the music of Appalachia than the fretted dulcimer. The instrument was no longer confined to back porches and local music halls when Jean Ritchie so melodically thrust herself and her dulcimer into the national limelight during the folk revival of the 1950s. But where did the dulcimer, known to exist in no other folk culture in the world, come from? In The Story of the Dulcimer, Ralph Lee Smith traces the dulcimer’s beginnings back to European immigration to America in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. As German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania and Appalachia, they brought with them scheitholts, a type of northern European fretted zither. As German immigrants intermingled with English and Scotch-Irish immigrants, the scheitholt, which was customarily played to a slower tempo in German cultural music, began to be musically integrated into the faster tempos of English and Scotch-Irish ballads and folk songs. As Appalachia absorbed an increasing flow of English and Scotch-Irish immigrants and the musical traditions they brought with them, the scheitholt steadily evolved into an instrument that reflected this folk music amalgamation, and the modern dulcimer was born. In this second edition, Smith brings the dulcimer’s history into the twenty-first century with a new preface and updates to the original edition. Copiously illustrated with images of both antique scheitholts and contemporary dulcimers, The Story of the Dulcimer is a testament to the enduring musical heritage of Appalachia and solves one of the region’s musical mysteries.
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Additional Information

Author

Ralph Lee Smith

Binding

Paperback

EAN

9781621902386

EANList

9781621902386

Edition

2nd ed.

ISBN

1621902382

ItemDimensions

1000, hundredths-inches, 800, hundredths-inches, 0, hundredths-pounds, 40, hundredths-inches

Label

Univ Tennessee Press

Languages

English, Published, English, Original Language, English, Unknown

Manufacturer

Univ Tennessee Press

NumberOfItems

1

NumberOfPages

102

PackageDimensions

70, hundredths-inches, 990, hundredths-inches, 65, hundredths-pounds, 640, hundredths-inches

PackageQuantity

1

ProductGroup

Book

ProductTypeName

ABIS_BOOK

PublicationDate

2016-07-19

Publisher

Univ Tennessee Press

Studio

Univ Tennessee Press

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