Picture this: a musical instrument museum where over a thousand pianos, spinets, clavichords, virginals, and harpsichords are on permanent display and that boasts an exhibition of nearly 18,000 wind instruments from all over Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas; imagine a gallery where it is possible to compare, side by side, nearly two hundred kakolondondos, sanzas, timbrhs, mbiras, and kalimbas and where one can find examples of the pandurina, orpharion, mandora, and colachon. Imagine, further, that this museum has free admission and that its doors never close. This curatorial fantasy is a digital reality: these instruments represent just a fraction of the contents of MIMO: Musical Instrument Museums Online, which first launched in 2011....
Review: MIMO: Musical Instrument Museums Online
EMILY I. DOLAN is the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of Music at Harvard University. Her research explores the intersections of music, aesthetics, and technology in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and she is the author of The Orchestral Revolution: Technologies of Timbre in the Age of Haydn (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
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Emily I. Dolan; Review: MIMO: Musical Instrument Museums Online. Journal of the American Musicological Society 1 August 2017; 70 (2): 555–565. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jams.2017.70.2.555
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