Staying in Tune

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Introduction

Staying in Tune: Traditions and Musical Instruments of the Francophonie. From the ancient traditional instruments of the Mossi to the modern guitars of Quebec, music is the other language shared between the nations of the Francophonie.

Staying in Tune offers you a chance to find out about traditional instruments and learn what connects them to the people who invented them. Young people between the ages of 15 and 20 from nine French-speaking countries came together to share their memories and knowledge about instruments they selected from their cities’ museums.

The stories are organized into four categories using the Hornbostel and Sachs music classification system. This system includes all instruments of the world:

Chordophones: In musical classification systems, the family of chordophones includes instruments with strings as tone-producing elements that are stretched between fixed points. The strings vibrate when they are plucked, struck or scraped, like the violin or harp.


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