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Collection name Musical instruments
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Description About 371 instruments. Europe, ca. 83 art music instruments, ca. 65folk, and instruments of European types made on other continents: 2 Africa, ca. 75 Asia, ca. 86 America, ca. 10 Australia and Oceania; ca. 50 music mss. and miscellaneous acquisitions since 1945. Most ethnographic instruments are from the Glen Collection, Edinburgh. The Kelvingrove organ by Lewis & Co. was installed in the museum's Centre Hall, and restored in 1987-88. It is used frequently for recitals. The bulk of the collection was formed by two purchases. The Glen Collection, was acquired in 1942. It is part of that assembled by the Edinburgh instrument making family, begun by Thomas M. Glen (1804-1873), and contains about 310 instruments including the Rippert flute, Paris, ca. 1710, a vox humana by Thomas Collier, London, d. 1785, 3-key oboe by John Just Schuchart, London, d. 1759; clarinette d'amour by J.B. Cramer, London, d. 1858. The Farmer Collection contains about 50 ethnographic instruments assembled by ethnomusicologist, member of the Royal Artillery Band and theater music director Henry George Farmer (1882-1965).

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Associated People and Organisations Farmer, Henry George - Glen, Thomas McBean - Glen, Alexander -
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Associated Content Instruments Organ Western Classical Western Traditional Non-Western Classical Non-Western Traditional
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Glasgow Museums

200 Woodhead Road,Glasgow Museums Resource Centre Glasgow G53 7NN United Kingdom Open Map
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Related Publications Henry George Farmer, "The Glen Collection of Musical Instruments," Art Review, Glasgow, 1945.
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