european musical instruments in India

bpj at bpj at
Fri Mar 28 05:11:42 UTC 1997

At 19:46 27.3.1997 +0000, Jacob Baltuch wrote:

>One point I didn't see mentioned re: the adoption of violin (and not
>of other European instruments). Maybe what also favored it was the
>fact that it can play in any tuning, not only the equal-tempered one
>(unlike say the guitar or European wind instruments)? Sure, individualities
>are key, but one can also ask, why did only the violin find such
>individualities while other Euro. instruments didn't. Note the violin is
>also the only European instrument adopted into classical Arabic music.

Isn't the same true of China?

Philip Jonsson <bpj at>

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