The KNIGHT SYSTEM for
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT CLASSIFICATION
is an adaptation of the Hornbostel-Sachs system. published in German in 1914, and translated into English in 1961 as "Classification of Musical Instruments," in the Galpin Society Journal.

The Knight System works much like Hornbostel-Sachs, assigning a number to an instrument to identify it.  But the internal details have been totally reworked to incorporate current information, improved terminology, and new thinking for greater ease of use.  The three documents below introduce it in a one-page chart, a two-page introduction that includes the chart, and the full 36-page document.

Click the image at right to download the original German document by Hornbostel and Sachs. 

Knight System one page Knight System Summary KNIGHT SYSTEM 36 pages

 


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