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"Instrument: A Melody of Timeless Tales" Step into the world of music and let the enchanting notes guide you through a captivating journey

Background imageInstrument Collection: Advertisement for Steinway Pianos

Advertisement for Steinway Pianos - no drawing room of distinction has the ideally correct note unless it contains one. circa 1930s

Background imageInstrument Collection: Elvin Jones, c1968. Creator: Brian Foskett

Elvin Jones, c1968. Creator: Brian Foskett
Elvin Jones, c1968

Background imageInstrument Collection: Buddy Rich, London, 1967. Creator: Brian Foskett

Buddy Rich, London, 1967. Creator: Brian Foskett
Buddy Rich, London, 1967

Background imageInstrument Collection: Jeeves and Wooster

Jeeves and Wooster
In Thank You Jeeves!, Jeeves gives notice when Bertie Wooster, his employer, insists on playing the banjolele

Background imageInstrument Collection: A Garden Guide - Extracting a Weed from a Lawn

A Garden Guide - Extracting a Weed from a Lawn
Illustration by William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) showing a typically convoluted method of weeding a garden lawn. A man is hosted by ropes supported by a teepee configuration of poles worked by

Background imageInstrument Collection: Joe Morello, London, 1968. Creator: Brian Foskett

Joe Morello, London, 1968. Creator: Brian Foskett
Joe Morello, London, 1968

Background imageInstrument Collection: Organ audition by Cavaill魃oll

Organ audition by Cavaill魃oll
An organ audition for an instrument built by Aristide CavaillÚ¡âoll, held in his own spacious business residence on Avenue de Maine, Paris Date: 1870

Background imageInstrument Collection: Scotsman playing bagpipes

Scotsman playing bagpipes
People You See. Scotsman playing bagpipes. From Teddy Bear (3 January 1970)

Background imageInstrument Collection: Senegal - Griot playing a Kora

Senegal - Griot playing a Kora
Senegal - seated Griot playing a Kora, a 21-stringed harp lute that originated in the Gambia River valley with the Mandinko but is one of the most popular instruments in Senegal

Background imageInstrument Collection: Hand painted didgeridoos, Aboriginal musical instrument, Australia, Pacific

Hand painted didgeridoos, Aboriginal musical instrument, Australia, Pacific

Background imageInstrument Collection: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Bandsman, Piper and Drummer of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Date: circa 1908

Background imageInstrument Collection: Louis Wain - flute player and mouse

Louis Wain - flute player and mouse. circa 1900s

Background imageInstrument Collection: Sun Studios

Sun Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America, North America

Background imageInstrument Collection: Buddy Rich, Premier Drums Clinic, London, 1967. Creator: Brian Foskett

Buddy Rich, Premier Drums Clinic, London, 1967. Creator: Brian Foskett
Buddy Rich, Premier Drums Clinic, London, 1967

Background imageInstrument Collection: Two violins and a viola by Stradivarius

Two violins and a viola by Stradivarius
Two violins and a viola by Antonius Stradivarius -- 1717 violin (Hart & Son), 1762 viola (Hart & Son), The Gillot Strad, 1715 (G Haddock). 1875

Background imageInstrument Collection: Banjo, (B&W)

Banjo, (B&W)

Background imageInstrument Collection: Piper David Muir, 42nd Highlanders (Black Watch) (b / w photo)

Piper David Muir, 42nd Highlanders (Black Watch) (b / w photo)
NAM261004 Piper David Muir, 42nd Highlanders (Black Watch) (b/w photo) by Cundall, Joseph (1818-95) & Howlett, Robert (1831-58); National Army Museum

Background imageInstrument Collection: People dancing flamenco in the street, Seville, Spain

People dancing flamenco in the street, Seville, Spain
People dancing flamenco in the street in traditional costume, Seville, Spain. circa 1930s

Background imageInstrument Collection: Sheet music, violin and pink rose

Sheet music, violin and pink rose
A violin and bow, with a pink rose and a sheet of music

Background imageInstrument Collection: HARPIST

HARPIST
A medieval lady plays a small harp

Background imageInstrument Collection: Beale Street at night

Beale Street at night, Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America, North America

Background imageInstrument Collection: BABBAGEs ENGINE (2)

BABBAGEs ENGINE (2)
Charles Babbages Difference Engine, an instrument which went beyond simple calculation to embody some of the principles of computers

Background imageInstrument Collection: Alchemist tempting to discover the philosophical stone Painting by Joseph Wright Of Derby

Alchemist tempting to discover the philosophical stone Painting by Joseph Wright Of Derby
JLJ4657580 Alchemist tempting to discover the philosophical stone Painting by Joseph Wright Of Derby (1734-1797) 18th century Sun

Background imageInstrument Collection: Elvin Jones and his Jazz Machine, Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, USA, 1997. Creator: Brian Foskett

Elvin Jones and his Jazz Machine, Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, USA, 1997. Creator: Brian Foskett
Elvin Jones and his Jazz Machine, Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, USA, 1997

Background imageInstrument Collection: Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691-1765). Musical party given by Ca

Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691-1765). Musical party given by Ca
Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691-1765). Italian painter. Musical party given by Cardinal De La Rochefoucauld at the Argentina Theatre in Rome in 1747. Museum of Louvre. Paris. France

Background imageInstrument Collection: Piero della Francesca, Italian painter

Piero della Francesca, Italian painter
Renaissance Art. Italy. 15th century. Piero della Francesca (c.1420-1492). Italian painter. The Nativity, 1470-75. Tempera on panel. National Gallery. London. England. UK

Background imageInstrument Collection: Komuso Buddhist monks, Japan

Komuso Buddhist monks, Japan. They wear a straw basket (tengai) over their head and play a bamboo flute (shakuhachi). Date: circa 1890s

Background imageInstrument Collection: The Dance of Death (1493) by Michael Wolgemut, from the Liber chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel

The Dance of Death (1493) by Michael Wolgemut, from the Liber chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel. Colored engraving

Background imageInstrument Collection: ORGAN MANUFACTURE, 1770. The manufacture of pipe organs. Line engraving by Pierre Claude

ORGAN MANUFACTURE, 1770. The manufacture of pipe organs. Line engraving by Pierre Claude Delagardette, from l Art du Facteur d Orgues, compiled by Dom François B

Background imageInstrument Collection: Silhouette of stylish couple dancing

Silhouette of stylish couple dancing

Background imageInstrument Collection: Fra Angelico (1387-1455). The Coronation of the Virgin

Fra Angelico (1387-1455). The Coronation of the Virgin
Fra Angelico (1387-1455). Tuscan painter of early Renaissance, part of the Florentine school. The Coronation of the Virgin. 15th Century. Louvre Museum. Paris. France

Background imageInstrument Collection: Scottish Types - Bagpipes, Clan McDonald

Scottish Types - Bagpipes, Clan McDonald. 19th century

Background imageInstrument Collection: Snake charmer playing flute-like instrument, snake emerging from basket in front

Snake charmer playing flute-like instrument, snake emerging from basket in front

Background imageInstrument Collection: U. S. Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps performing

U. S. Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps performing
February 27, 2007 - U.S. Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps perform during the Marine Corps Battle Color Ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona

Background imageInstrument Collection: Apollo control panel

Apollo control panel. This is the main control panel from the Apollo command modules. Photographed at the National Air and Space Museum, Dulles, Washington DC, USA

Background imageInstrument Collection: The Emperor Stradivarius violin

The Emperor Stradivarius violin
The famous Emperor Stradivarius violin, dating from 1715. It was bought by the violinist and composer Jan Kubelik in 1910 for 10, 000 -- the highest price paid for a violin to that date. "

Background imageInstrument Collection: Jack DeJohnette, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1989. Creator: Brian Foskett

Jack DeJohnette, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1989. Creator: Brian Foskett
Jack DeJohnette, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1989

Background imageInstrument Collection: Mieczyslaw Pianowski, Polish ballet dancer

Mieczyslaw Pianowski, Polish ballet dancer
Mieczyslaw Pianowski (c1891-1967), Polish ballet dancer, ballet master and choreographer. circa 1920s

Background imageInstrument Collection: Wonders of the cinema organ by G. H. Davis

Wonders of the cinema organ by G. H. Davis
Noises played for films: wonders of the cinema organ. Thunder, shots and tom-toms controlled by an organist: a film-theatre organ that creates sound effects. Date: 1929

Background imageInstrument Collection: Chadburn Brothers, Optical Instrument Makers, Albion Works, Nursery Street

Chadburn Brothers, Optical Instrument Makers, Albion Works, Nursery Street
Original at Sheffield Local Studies Library: MP 855 L

Background imageInstrument Collection: Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent (1743-1794). French chemist Established the composition of the water

Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent (1743-1794). French chemist Established the composition of the water
Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent (1743-1794). French chemist.. Established the composition of the water and the basis of bioenergetics

Background imageInstrument Collection: A black and white still life image of a brass clarinet

A black and white still life image of a brass clarinet

Background imageInstrument Collection: Christmas card in the shape of a banjo

Christmas card in the shape of a banjo. circa 1890s

Background imageInstrument Collection: Clockwork orrery

Clockwork orrery, historical artwork. This is an 18th century mechanical clockwork model of the planetary motions in the solar system

Background imageInstrument Collection: Electric guitar and amplifier

Electric guitar and amplifier

Background imageInstrument Collection: Kitt Peak Observatory and Milky Way

Kitt Peak Observatory and Milky Way
Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, Arizona, USA, and the Milky Way. With 23 telescopes, this is the largest collection of astronomical instruments in the world

Background imageInstrument Collection: ST. CECILIA AND AN ANGEL. Canvas, c1610, by Orazio Gentileschi

ST. CECILIA AND AN ANGEL. Canvas, c1610, by Orazio Gentileschi



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"Instrument: A Melody of Timeless Tales" Step into the world of music and let the enchanting notes guide you through a captivating journey. From Buddy Rich's mesmerizing drumming performance in London, 1967, to Brian Foskett's creation of musical masterpieces, every a story to tell. In an advertisement for Steinway Pianos, the keys whisper melodies that resonate deep within our souls. Just like a skilled gardener extracting weeds from a lawn, musicians skillfully pluck strings or press keys to create harmonious symphonies. Transport yourself to the witty and charming world of Jeeves and Wooster as they dance alongside instruments that bring their stories to life. Picture a Scotsman playing bagpipes on misty highlands, his melody echoing through ancient valleys. Marvel at Richard Dadd's masterpiece "The Fairy Fellers Master-Stroke, " where magical creatures come alive with each stroke of an instrument. Feel the grandeur as Cavaillé-Coll's organ audition fills majestic halls with its powerful sound. Joe Morello takes center stage in London, 1968; his drumming prowess leaving audiences spellbound. Meanwhile, in Senegal, a griot delicately strums the Kora—a symbol of tradition and storytelling passed down through generations. Travel across continents to Australia and witness hand-painted didgeridoos—Aboriginal musical instruments resonating with ancestral spirits. In Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders' proud march, bagpipes unite warriors under one rhythmic anthem. Giovanni Paolo Panini invites us into an opulent musical party where composers mingle amidst elegant instruments played by talented virtuosos. Each note is carefully crafted by skilled hands that have dedicated their lives to mastering these timeless treasures, and are not mere objects but vessels carrying emotions from one generation to another—bridging cultures and connecting hearts around the globe.