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Lem, a bard, can wield a musical instrument to both support his allies and disrupt his foes.

Music is a sonic art form and cultural activity. General definitions of music include common elements such as pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics (loudness and softness), and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture (which are sometimes termed the "color" of a musical sound).1 Music is also one of the auditory performative expressions that can empower bardic performances with magical effects.2

Dorobu performs music on a flute.


See also: Category:Musical instruments

Musical instruments vary widely between cultures, musical styles, and craftsmanship. Many are handheld while others are bulkier but still portable, and some are too heavy to easily move or must be fully stationary to be played.345

On Golarion


Opera, a form of theatrical musical performance, is prominent in Cheliax and among Chelaxians.6


See also: Category:Orchestras

Orchestral music features large ensembles primarily consisting of string, horn, and percussion instruments, and are usually led by a conductor.7 For example, the city of Karcau, Ustalav, features multiple orchestras.8


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  2. Logan Bonner, et al. “3: Classes” in Core Rulebook, 94ff. Paizo Inc., 2019
  3. Logan Bonner, et al. “6: Equipment” in Core Rulebook, 290. Paizo Inc., 2019
  4. Jason Bulmahn, et al. “Chapter 6: Equipment” in Core Rulebook, 158. Paizo Inc., 2009
  5. Jason Bulmahn, et al. “Chapter 2: Gear” in Ultimate Equipment, 77. Paizo Inc., 2012
  6. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 55. Paizo Inc., 2011
  7. Orchestra, Wikipedia.
  8. F. Wesley Schneider. “Cities and Settlements” in Rule of Fear, 44. Paizo Inc., 2011