Explore the fascinating stories of how musical instruments were transferred from culture to culture centuries ago, especially along the trade routes that extended from Western Europe to East Asia, and learn why the Arabic oud became the Renaissance lute and how double-reed woodwinds migrated everywhere, from China to Spain.

Jayme Kurland, curatorial research fellow, Musical Instruments
Darcy Kuronen, department head and Pappalardo Curator of Musical Instruments
Two Mondays, November 21 and 28, 2–3:30 pm


Above: Lute (pipa), 1891. 17.2049. Teak, wutong wood, ivory. Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection.

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