Thursday, May 3, 2007

Playing the Glass Armonica (photo)

Playing the Glass Armonica, originally uploaded by I, Puzzled.

I found this photo on the Internet here.

I was just listening to the glass armonica, played by Dennis James, featured on a Naxos recording of Mozart's Adagio and Rondo. A wonderful ethereal sounding instrument. The one pictured here was invented by Ben Franklin.

Another kind of glass armonica is comprised of wine glasses tuned by water level, shown here on YouTube in a performance of a well-known Bach bourrée. Check it out, it's wonderful! Perhaps you've run a wet finger around the rim of a wine glass to get this unworldly sound. If not, try it sometime.

I'm thinking of buying the CD Music for Glass Harmonica.

    From today's playlist...

  • W.A. Mozart: Adagio and Rondo for Glass Armonica, Flute, Oboe,Viola, Cello,K.617─Salzburg Soloists; Luz Leskowitz, conductor─Mozart: Oboe Quartet-Oboe Quintet
  • J.S. Bach: Motet "Jesu, Meine Freud", BWV 227─La Chapelle Royale, Paris─J.S. Bach: Motets
  • Sunny Afternoon─The Kinks─Lola.You Really Got Me.Tired Of Waiting For You
  • Ceremonies Against The Night of The Devil (Islamic Boujeloud Ritual)─Bachir Attar─Global Celebration 1: Dancing With the Gods, Religious Celebrations
  • Purcell: Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, Z 860 - 7. March─John Eliot Gardiner; Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra, Equale Brass Ensemble─Purcell: Music For Queen Mary
  • Exsultate, Jubilate, Kv 165/158a─Kiri Te Kanawa/Colin Davis/London Symphony & Chorus─Mozart: Litanies, Vespers, Etc.

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