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The American Musical Instrument Society


The Curt Sachs Award 1995

Laurence E. R. Picken

The Board of Governors of the American Musical Instrument Society designated Laurence E. R. Picken the recipient of the Curt Sachs Award for the year 1995 in recognition of his distinguished achievements as a scholar of ethnic musics and musical instruments who did extensive field work in Turkey, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Uzbbekistan, Afghanistan, Burma, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan, where he made recordings, collected instruments, located and interviewed makers, visited museums, and did library research; and, in appreciation for his sharing of that knowledge with his monumental study, Folk Musical Instruments of Turkey; his editorship of Musica Asiatica; and, a continuous stream of articles, in all of which his technical analysis and description of musical instruments reflects a scientific viewpoint and careful attention to detail.

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