A Conversation for Unusual Musical Instruments

Glass Harmonica

Post 1


I think I have seen some of those in a musical museum in Copenhagen, but if I remember correctly it consisted of a lot of glass bowls of different sizes insertet in each other so that the rim of each was visible. The whole set was placed in a wooden box and was turned as a whole when the instrument was played. The player would dip his fingers in water and then stroke the rims of the turning bowls to produce the wanted notes. If I remember correctly Mozart wrote some pieces for it.

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Post 2

Jimi X

And it was invented by Ben Franklin...

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Post 3

Bernadette Lynn_ Home Educator

The Glass Harmonica is reputed to send listeners mad, and was outlawed in at least one European country.

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Post 4

Gnomon - time to move on

I've seen both sorts:
- the array of wine glasses
- the stack of bowls on a spindle

I think it was probably the spindle type that Franklin invented.

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