Medieval Musical Instruments
Background, primary sources, and sound samples about the 16th-century predecessor of the bassoon.
Elizabethan Musical Instruments
Two general, illustrated essays are provided: Elizabethan Stringed Instruments by Megan Haynes and Elizabethan Wind and Brass Instruments by Brian Hart.
The Saxon Lyre: History, Construction, and Play
Detailed instructions on how to build a Saxon-era lyre accompany a brief history of the instrument and an examination of how it was played, by Greg Priest-Dorman and Carolyn Priest-Dorman.
A Memento: The Medieval Recorder
Extensive, hyperlinked, annotated exploration of the history of the recorder. Well-done by Nicholas S. Lander.
Annotated article by Joel Coen supporting the theory that troubadors accompanied their songs with musical instruments.