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November 18th, 2013
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Leonardo's Viola Organista


The viola organista has now come to life, thanks to a Polish concert pianist with a flair for instrument-making and the patience and passion to interpret da Vinci’s plans.

Full of steel strings and spinning wheels, Slawomir Zubrzycki’s creation is a musical and mechanical work of art.

‘‘This instrument has the characteristics of three we know: the harpsichord, the organ and the viola da gamba,’’ Zubrzycki said as he debuted the instrument at the Academy of Music in the southern Polish city of Krakow.

The instrument’s exterior is painted in a rich midnight blue, adorned with golden swirls painted on the side. The inside of its lid is a deep raspberry inscribed with a Latin quote in gold leaf by 12th-century German nun, mystic and philosopher, Saint Hildegard.

‘‘Holy prophets and scholars immersed in the sea of arts both human and divine, dreamt up a multitude of instruments to delight the soul,’’ it says.</a>

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Date:November 19th, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
That's beautiful
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Date:November 19th, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)
Isn't it, though? I hope it becomes a standard instrument.
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Date:November 19th, 2013 06:54 am (UTC)
It's a giant hurdy-gurdy except I like the music usually played on hurdy-gurdies better.
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Date:November 19th, 2013 10:32 am (UTC)
That's absolutely amazing! But I wish I could see more of how it works...
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Date:November 19th, 2013 01:45 pm (UTC)
In unrelated news, I was pleased to see that last night's episode of Sleepy Hollow (which I don't usually watch) featured a flashback to a glass-harmonica performance. Nothing says "Eighteenth Century" like a glass harmonica!
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