Music stand

Music stand
A wooden music stand.

A music stand is a device that holds sheet music in a position that allows the musician to read it while performing.

There are various types of music stands. The most common modern type is made of metal and can be folded for ease of transportation. Digital music stands with automated page turning also exist, as well as small stands that can be attached to the instrument itself, as in marching bands. Thomas Jefferson, former president of the United States, invented a revolving music stand.

According to ancient Chinese records, music stands have been used since around 200 BC. However, they did not become popular until the late 14th century, when German and Swiss composers decided that they had a certain air of efficiency about them.

Music stand vs. music desk

The term stand, as it is used to describe furniture such as a plant stand or music stand, generally implies a relatively small surface area supported at the required height, most usually by a turned leg or support known as a standard.

Any inclined surface that can be used for supporting music may be thought of a music stand, although generally this function is divided between two types of furniture: a music stand proper and a music desk.

The music stand, as the name suggests, consists of a support for the music raised upon a freestanding column or tripod, which, in addition to being movable may also be adjustable with regard to its height and the angle at which it may be tilted.

A music desk generally implies a similar, tiltable support for the music, but rather than being raised on a stand, instead forms part of a table. In as much as the term "desk" originally implied a sloping-topped table for reading or writing, the slight adjustment necessary to turn a desk into a music desk, perhaps merely by enlarging the size of the support for the manuscript, was a relatively simple matter.

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  • Music Stand — Genre music Presented by Marsh Phimister (1963) George LaFleche (1964) Country of origin  Canada …   Wikipedia

  • music stand — music stands N COUNT A music stand is a device that holds pages of music in position while you play a musical instrument …   English dictionary

  • music stand — n a metal frame for holding written music, so that you can read it while playing an instrument or singing …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • music stand — music ,stand noun count a wooden or metal frame used for holding printed music for a player or singer to read while they are playing a musical instrument or singing …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • music stand — n. a rack to hold sheets of music for a performer or conductor …   English World dictionary

  • music stand — noun a light stand for holding sheets of printed music • Syn: ↑music rack • Hypernyms: ↑rack, ↑stand * * * ˈmusic stand [music stand music stands] …   Useful english dictionary

  • music stand — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms music stand : singular music stand plural music stands a wooden or metal frame used for holding printed music for a player or singer to read while they are playing a musical instrument or singing …   English dictionary

  • music stand — /ˈmjuzɪk stænd/ (say myoohzik stand) noun an adjustable stand for holding a music score in position for reading during a performance …  

  • music stand — noun A stand, made for holding pages or books of sheet music …   Wiktionary

  • music stand — a pedestal or rack designed to hold a score or sheet of music in position for reading. [1755 65] * * * …   Universalium

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