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
The Orchestra in History, a lecture series given in the 1980s
New, July 2017
The Magpie in Ethnomusicology, The John Blacking Memorial Lecture, 1997
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.
Metal-covered threads before 1600 (by Gwen Montagu)
More articles will follow soon. Please visit again.