Dendrochronology - A Nondestructive Technique for Dating Historical String Musical Instruments

Bucur, V 2017, 'Dendrochronology - A Nondestructive Technique for Dating Historical String Musical Instruments', in Proceedings 20th International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium, Madison, Wisconsin USA, 12-15 September 2017, pp. 14-20.


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Title Dendrochronology - A Nondestructive Technique for Dating Historical String Musical Instruments
Author(s) Bucur, V
Year 2017
Conference name 20th International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium
Conference location Madison, Wisconsin USA
Conference dates 12-15 September 2017
Proceedings title Proceedings 20th International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium
Publisher U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
Place of publication Madison, United States
Start page 14
End page 20
Total pages 7
Abstract Since 1967, the historical musical instruments have been defined as objects belonging to the cultural heritage of humanity. Historical string instruments are mainly instruments of classical music belonging to the violin family - the violin, the viola, the cello, the double bass and also the guitars, the harps, the harpsichords and the pianos. These instruments have been made in Europe since the renaissance and the Baroque periods. Resonance spruce - Picea abies from the European Alps was the main material employed for the soundboard of these instruments. The authenticity of these instruments can be proved through the dendrochronological approach. Fourier transform near infrared spectroscopy informs about the geographic provenance of spruce used for the soundboards.
Subjects Acoustics and Acoustical Devices; Waves
Acoustics and Noise Control (excl. Architectural Acoustics)
Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
Keyword(s) dendrochronology
annual ring width
X ray
Fourier transform near infrared spectroscopy
historical string musical instruments
violin
double bass
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