Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 23 August 2006

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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 23 August 2006

Postby dbennett » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:38 am

David Schnaufer (1952-2006) died in Nashville after a battle with lung cancer.

As a young man, he came across a display of dulcimers in Austin, Texas and bought one for $40. In 1976, he won the first National Mountain Dulcimer Competition held at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.

After winning several dulcimer contests Schnaufer moved to Nashville in 1985 to work as a session musician. David progressed from playing in restaurants for tips to playing his dulcimer on recordings with The Judds, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, and Chet Atkins, among others. According to Vanderbilt News, David Schnaufer “revived the use of the dulcimer in country music.”

In 1995, with Schnaufer’s guidance, a dulcimer program at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music began with David teaching dulcimer as an associate adjunct professor. A Master Class was started in the summer of 1996. Throughout his career, Schnaufer researched the history and culture of the Appalachian dulcimer, collecting instruments, oral histories, and music.

Regarding the dulcimer David said, “Anybody can make beautiful music in five minutes of playing the dulcimer… It’s the simplest of all the stringed instruments, but can be as complex as anything else.” His solo albums included ‘‘Delcimore,’’ ‘‘Dulcimer Player’’ and ‘‘Dulcimer Deluxe.’’
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Re: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 23 August 2006

Postby dbennett » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:39 am

Dulcimentary: David Schnaufer Exhibit Tennessee State Museum 11 Oct-29 Dec 2013
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Re: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 23 August 2006

Postby dbennett » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:39 am

Two David Schnaufer Dulcimer Exhibits at Vanderbilt 2012
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Re: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 23 August 2006

Postby dholeton » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:51 am

Thanks David
It seems like this would be a good place for one of my favorite David Schnaufer videos.



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