This is the history and romance of musical instruments, an exhaustive, worldwide study of instruments, their use, development, place in human culture. Traces their story from the primitive to the classic, the Orient, British, Scandinavian, Slavic, Central European, American. This should be a boon to schools, colleges, libraries, for this is good reading, though basically a scholarly treatise on aesthetics. Literature, theatre, history, society -- all are included as descriptions of how the instruments are played, how and when they are used, their meaning and significance in musical history,and the lines of descent. Eminently worthwhile.