Every Friday I share 4 things that I think you’ll find really interesting in the world of music. Enjoy this edition of 4Friday!
Leonardo DaVinci dreamed of a piano that would sound like a string orchestra. The Viola Organista was an keyboard instrument that only existed in the sketches of Leonardo da Vinci until Polish concert pianist, composer and instrument maker Slawomir Zubrzycki brought it to life. You can learn more about it here. I never knew that da Vinci had a musical imagination! Wonderful!
This video gives a better view of how this remarkable instrument works.
Geoff Smith is the inventor of the Fluid Piano, an all-acoustic piano that has special sliders to bend the pitch of every note. Amazing musical possibilities that once only existed in electronic keyboard instruments!
Film composer Nicholas Pike demonstrates the Wheelharp, built by Jon Jones & Sons. You’ll notice that this is a similar mechanism to the da Vinci Viola Organista mentioned above, but without the rich piano soundboard and…well…this sounds pretty creepy! Perfect for a scary film score!
The PianoGuys are incredibly popular, and deservedly so. I love their creativity and sense of joy in all their musical productions! And since Christmas is nigh upon us, here is a wonderful, imaginative rendition of “Angels We Have Heard On High” played by 5 pianists on one piano, utilizing so many creative ways to get beautiful sounds out of an acoustic instrument. Merry Christmas, Everyone! I wish all of you A Musical Life!
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