Musical Instruments of Discworld?

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Musical Instruments of Discworld?

Postby engineeringsimon » Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:48 am

Hi Everyone,

I was wondering what musical instruments are specifically mentioned in the novels. I get the feeling of a kind of baroque / medieval / celtic kind of thing when I think about it. But what instruments are actually mentioned?

One of the reasons I ask is that I've been writing some music based on the books as a bit of fun and self education (See these posts: http://www.terrypratchett.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4907 and http://www.terrypratchett.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4842).

I'm just getting started on the journey through the Discworld novels. I've just finished "Guards, Guards!". So members of this forum are likely to know more than I about this...

Cheers,

Simon
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Re: Musical Instruments of Discworld?

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:36 am

Soul Music is the one where specific instruments are mentioned. Buddy (Imp y Celyn) plays a sort of hand held harp before he finds his guitar in the phantom music shoppe. Glod, the dwarf plays a type of horn, which I seem to remember is refered to as a Crumm Horn and the troll bangs various sized rocks together. Pianos are mentioned as are banjos (Nanny Ogg). And of course, various places inculding the university and the opera house have bellows-driven organs. :)
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Re: Musical Instruments of Discworld?

Postby Molokov » Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:28 am

Tonyblack wrote:Soul Music is the one where specific instruments are mentioned. Buddy (Imp y Celyn) plays a sort of hand held harp


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Re: Musical Instruments of Discworld?

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:56 am

:lol: :lol: :lol: You just knew that joke was going to come in somewhere. Terry sometimes goes to a lot of trouble to include a crappy joke. :lol:
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Re: Musical Instruments of Discworld?

Postby raisindot » Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:50 pm

In Carpe Jugulum, Mightily Oaks carries around a portable harmonium and the Vampyrs' castle has a huge, water-powered organ designed by B.S. Johnson.
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Re: Musical Instruments of Discworld?

Postby Dotsie » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:36 pm

Death has a violin, which he can't play, even though he tries (Mort).
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Re: Musical Instruments of Discworld?

Postby raptornx01 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:36 pm

Didn't he also have a guitar? and they mentioned a bass (i think) in maskerade. in feet of clay vimes thought the ammo for the gonne looked like a type of pipes. and bagpipes are mentioned (well, mousepipes, but you can infer the existence of the regular kind.)
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Re: Musical Instruments of Discworld?

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:27 pm

And the Morris Men in Lancre have an accordian I think. :?
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Re: Musical Instruments of Discworld?

Postby raptornx01 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:52 pm

Yeah, they do.

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Re: Musical Instruments of Discworld?

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:55 pm

Virginal! :D
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Re: Musical Instruments of Discworld?

Postby Molokov » Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:08 pm

The bard in The Last Hero has a lute of some description...

And I seem to recall that when there was a riot in Ankh-Morpork (probably during Soul Music) people were stealing stuff from a music shop. Luters, I expect.
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Re: Musical Instruments of Discworld?

Postby =Tamar » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:25 am

In Maskerade, there's mention of a yellow clarinet in the orchestra being bad luck. Also mentioned: a piano, a tuba, oboes, violins,a trombone, a double bass, a triangle, a harmoniuma piccolo, a cymbal, and a drum.
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Re: Musical Instruments of Discworld?

Postby raptornx01 » Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:21 pm

I think a Didgeridoo was reffered to in The Last Continent. though not mentioned by name i think.
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Re: Musical Instruments of Discworld?

Postby janet » Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:44 am

In Pyramids Ptraci says, 'If you know where there is a dulcimer I could play you something soothing, I've got as far as 'Goblins Picnic' in Book 1.' (Ptraci is giving Teppic a neck massage at the time)
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Re: Musical Instruments of Discworld?

Postby Tonyblack » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:40 am

And Susan plays xylophone on Death's ribcage. :lol:
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