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The History And Development Of Musical Instruments From The Earliest Times.

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MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.                        87
illustrations in the following pages, it will be seen, have been derived from this interesting source. As the older works on music were generally written in Latin we do not learn
from them the popular names of the instruments ; the writers merely adopted such Latin names as they thought the most appropriate. Thus, for instance, a very simple stringed instru­ment of a triangular shape, and a some­what similar one of a square shape were designated by the name of psallcrium ; and we further give a woodcut of the square kind (p. 86), and of a cithara (above) from the same manu­script.
This last instrument is evidently an improvement upon the
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