Met exhibit preview: 'The Art of Music' (19 images)

"The Art of Music: The New Musical Instruments Galleries" presents 4,000 years of musical instruments from across the globe at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The exhibit opens April 3, 2018. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Updated: March 28, 2018 at 3:52 PM
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A violin by Antonio Stradivari from the late 16th and early 17th centuries are on display.
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Stradivari was an Italian violin maker who is credited with creating the modern form of the violin bridge and setting the proportions of the modern violin.
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It is long thought to be Stradivari's deep colored varnish that made his violins acoustically superior. The formula of which is still unknown.
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The structural difference in Stradivari's signature violins also contributed to their superiority -- from the thickness of the wooden back plates to the condition of the microscopic pores in the wood used.
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Brass wind instruments on display.
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A harpsichord converted to a piano from 1754 by Jean Goermans.
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A pipe organ from 1830 by Thomas Appleton. The organ is 15 feet tall with gold leafed facade pipes and wind supplied by hand- pumped bellows and is one of the oldest functioning pipe organs in America.
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