Welcome to the Web Site of Jeremy Montagu,
world-famous authority on musical instruments world-wide
author of books and innumerable articles on musical instruments,
and President of the Galpin Society.
Here you can download the texts of some of my articles
and find details of my publications.
Full-text Article Downloads
The articles on this page can be downloaded as .pdf files. These can be viewed via Acrobat Reader, available for free download here. Those using a Mac running System X 10.3 or higher can also view these using Preview. More articles will be added gradually. If you are going to quote parts of any of these articles in papers, articles, books, etc, which you’re very welcome to do, please be fair and cite the source. If it’s for exams of any sort, it’ll then count as research and avoid any accusation of plagiarism!
New, October 2017
Musical Instruments of the Baroque.
The Orchestra in History, a lecture series given in the 1980s
The Pipe and Tabor is Alive and Well in the Basque Country.
Tutankhamon’s Trumpets and the Ḥatsots’rot.
New, July 2017
The Magpie in Ethnomusicology, The John Blacking Memorial Lecture, 1997
The Javanese Gamelan Kyai Madu Laras
Supplement to Reed Instruments – the Montagu Collection: An Annotated Catalogue (Lanham, Scarecrow Press, 2001). Download. (1 mb)
A CD-ROM with illustrations of all the instruments in the book is available only from the Author. These are arranged in two complete series, one typologically so that you can see all the shawms, for example, in one series; the other page by page so that you can see what the instruments look like as you read the book.
An acoustical problem
As Like as Two Peas
The Billingsgate Trumpet
Brexit — Why I voted leave
A Clavichord By Hieronymus Hass in the Bate, and how we treat our instruments
Collecting Musical Instruments
Corrections for Diagram Group ‘Musical Instruments of the World’
Cowbells – a Request
Did shawms exist in antiquity?
The Divorce of Organology from Ethnomusicology
Don’t go overboard about ivory
Drum rhythms for dance music.
Early Music – Earlier and Later
Ellis at Belfast.
ESEM – Why it Began
The Galpin Oboe
Genesis of the Duct Flute
Grove Picture Story
Historical Instruments and their Role
How Far Do We Dare to Revise Hornbostel and Sachs?
How Music and Instruments Began
Hypothesis on the Symphony
Instrumental Influences in the Mediterranean
The Mary Rose- What’s here, what isn’t here, and why were they there?
Metal-covered threads before 1600 (by Gwen Montagu)
Muslim Influence and the Global Mediterranean
Muslim Influence in Spain
The Oldest Organ in Christendom
On the Skill of Viennese Brass Instrument Makers
A Polemic After a Conference
Popular Oboes of the Mediterranean
Pottery Skeuomorphs of Conches in Antiquity
Provision of Plans
The Silver Trumpets, Ḥatsots’rōt
Some manuscripts in the British Library with Instruments
Survival of Instrumental Types around the Baltic
Tuning and Tempering
Typology and Classification
Voices and Instruments
What can we expect museums to allow?
What do we mean by 415?
What Is Ethnomusicology?
William of Wykeham’s Crozier
More articles will follow soon. Please visit again.