Acoustics of Musical Instruments

  • Antoine Chaigne
  • Jean Kergomard

Part of the Modern Acoustics and Signal Processing book series (MASP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Basic Equations and Oscillators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Antoine Chaigne, Jean Kergomard
      Pages 3-75
    3. Antoine Chaigne, Jean Kergomard
      Pages 77-97
  3. Waves and Modes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Antoine Chaigne, Jean Kergomard
      Pages 101-171
    3. Antoine Chaigne, Jean Kergomard
      Pages 173-197
    4. Antoine Chaigne, Jean Kergomard
      Pages 199-257
    5. Antoine Chaigne, Jean Kergomard
      Pages 259-294
  4. Nonlinearities and Self-Oscillations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 393-393
    2. Antoine Chaigne, Joël Gilbert, Jean-Pierre Dalmont, Cyril Touzé
      Pages 395-467
    3. Jean Kergomard
      Pages 469-557
    4. Benoît Fabre
      Pages 559-606
    5. Xavier Boutillon
      Pages 607-632
  5. Radiation and Sound–Structure Interaction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 633-633
    2. Antoine Chaigne, Jean Kergomard
      Pages 635-693
    3. Antoine Chaigne
      Pages 695-763
    4. Antoine Chaigne, Jean Kergomard
      Pages 765-827
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 829-844

About this book


This book, the first English-language translation of Acoustique des instruments de musique, Second Edition, presents the necessary foundations for understanding the complex physical phenomena involved in musical instruments. What is the function of the labium in a flute? Which features of an instrument allow us to make a clear audible distinction between a clarinet and a trumpet? With the help of numerous examples, these questions are addressed in detail. The authors focus in particular on the significant results obtained in the field during the last fifteen years. Their goal is to show that elementary physical models can be used with benefit for various applications in sound synthesis, instrument making, and sound recording. The book is primarily addressed to graduate students and researchers; however it could also be of interest for engineers, musicians, craftsmen, and music lovers who wish to learn about the basics of musical acoustics.

  • Casts new light on the physics of musical instruments
  • Includes up-to-date research published int he field of musical acoustics in the last fifteen years
  • Outlines new methods developed in other fields such as complex modes and nonlinear normal modes
  • Represents the only book on the physics of musical instruments to include practice exercises, catering to a broad audience of graduate students and researchers
  • Brings the essential Acoustique des instruments de musique to an English audience for the first time


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Authors and affiliations

  • Antoine Chaigne
    • 1
  • Jean Kergomard
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Music AcousticsUniversity of Music and Performing ArtsViennaAustria
  2. 2.CNRSLaboratoire de Mécanique et d'AcoustiqueMarseille Cedex 13France

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-3677-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-3679-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-4915
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-4923
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