CHAPTER 7: Controversies and Misunderstandings

4 of 17 - The dulcimer in serious music

The dulcimer "was never awarded the dignity of having compositions written for it" (Bryan, p.43), "Never played any part in serious music" (Geiringer).

Quite apart from the unscholarly value judgements here, which are certainly arguable (particularly Geiringer's tacit assumption that popular music cannot be serious) the statements are factually incorrect, since they take no account of the Pantaleon repertoire, which has been well-documented for some time, and the salterio music, more recently discovered.