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Kalimba, or the "Thumb Piano"

Ken Moore, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge, Department of Musical Instruments

Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014

In conjunction with the exhibition Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin, on view through December 7, the Department of Musical Instruments is presenting a series of monthly concerts on Friday evenings in the Museum's Charles Engelhard Court. The next concert in this series will be held on May 16, featuring the guitarist, composer, and instrument designer Trevor Gordon Hall.

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The New York City Workshop of C. F. Martin

Jayson Dobney, Associate Curator and Administrator, Department of Musical Instruments

Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014

The exhibition Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin, on view through December 7, brings together more guitars by Christian Frederick Martin (1796–1873) than have ever been publicly exhibited before. Among the many treasures that can be seen in this exhibit is the earliest known guitar built by Martin. The instrument (above) was built around 1834, at which point Martin was working in his New York City workshop at 196 Hudson Street, an area of the city now known as Tribeca, near the Holland Tunnel. In that shop he repaired instruments, sold musical items that he imported from Germany, and both built and sold his own guitars.

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Rosanne Cash Reflects on Her Relationship with the Guitar

Jayson Dobney, Associate Curator and Administrator, Department of Musical Instruments

Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014

Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin, currently on view through December 7, traces the innovation of Christian Frederick Martin (1796–1873) and his development of a distinctly American form of the instrument. In conjunction with the exhibition, Rosanne Cash recently performed at the Museum and toured the Musical Instruments galleries, where the Grammy Award–winning musician shared a few of her thoughts about what a guitar means to her.

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Reminiscing on Andrés Segovia

Ken Moore, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge, Department of Musical Instruments

Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014

February 21 marks the birthday of classical guitarist Andrés Segovia (1893–1987). The Museum is home to two of his instruments—including the famed 1937 guitar made by Hermann Hauser, an instrument that Segovia called "the greatest guitar of our epoch."

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The Legacy of Guitar Virtuoso Justin Holland Lives On

Jayson Dobney, Associate Curator and Administrator, Department of Musical Instruments

Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014

One of the earliest American guitar virtuosos was the African-American Justin Holland, who built a steady career as a performer, composer, and arranger, even before the Civil War. One of the most important guitarists of his generation, Holland was also an avid endorser of the guitar-builder Christian Frederick Martin, many of whose guitars are currently exhibited in Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin, on view through December 7.

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Now On View: Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin

Jayson Dobney, Associate Curator and Administrator, Department of Musical Instruments

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Last week the Department of Musical Instruments opened the exhibition Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin, on view through December 7, 2014, in the André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments. Christian Frederick Martin is best known as the founder of the C. F. Martin & Co. guitar company, which has been building guitars for 180 years and is still family owned and operated in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

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Recent Acquisition: PRS Guitar

Jayson Dobney, Associate Curator and Administrator, Department of Musical Instruments

Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014

I first met the guitar manufacturer Paul Reed Smith at a NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention in Anaheim, California, several years ago. I had the opportunity to visit with him about his guitars and the company he founded. He began building electric guitars in the 1970s, when he was in college, and showed his instruments to many of the top guitarists of the day, who appreciated his work. In 1985, he founded PRS guitars, and has gone on to have a major influence in the music world.

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The Museum's collection of musical instruments includes approximately five thousand examples from six continents and the Pacific Islands, dating from about 300 B.C. to the present. It illustrates the development of musical instruments from all cultures and eras. On this blog, curators and guests will share information about this extraordinary collection, its storied history, the department's public activities, and some of the audio and video recordings from our archives.