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    Glass Armonica

    I know of at least one piece using it:

    Adagio and Rondo C-dur KV617 by Mozart
    [have it on CD - great sound!!]

    Is it still used in modern music and/or orchestras? Tell me more, please.

    Raymond

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    Re: Glass Armonica

    I'm not sure about the glass harmonica, but individual glasses are very widely used. For instance George Crumb's 'Black Angels' for electric string quartet has a couple of movements where the players bow crystal glasses instead. And I remember seeing a large choral work where everyone in the choir had one glass (can't remember what though).

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    Re: Glass Armonica

    Quote Originally Posted by Pingu
    And I remember seeing a large choral work where everyone in the choir had one glass (can't remember what though).
    You are sure, those weren't glasses with excellent wine? Just kidding ...
    Let's wait and see what others have to say about this rare instrument.

    Raymond

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    Re: Glass Armonica

    Check out William Zeitler's music here:

    http://glassarmonica.com/index.php

    I have a couple of his CDs. My favorite is "Music of the Spheres." He's a very good composer in addition to playing an unusual instrument, so what more do you want?

    Lots of useful historical information on the glass armonica, too.
    Dan Powers
    www.danielpowers.info

    "It's easier to be a composer than it is to compose."
    --Ray Luke (1928-2010)

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    Re: Glass Armonica

    I used GPO's glass armonica in my piece Twilight Fantasia, though I'm not sure a live performance would sound quite so perfect. GPO's glass armonica sounds wonderful though, especially with the harmonious harp filling the air with sweet rich arpeggios.

    I've never heard that Mozart piece, now I must go look for it!
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

  6. #6

    Re: Glass Armonica

    Quote Originally Posted by SeanHannifin
    I've never heard that Mozart piece, now I must go look for it!
    It is on:

    Bundled CD's: Mozart Complete Music for Flute
    Hyperion, CDS44011/3
    CD2 has ADAGIO UND RONDO in C-DUR K617 for Glass Armonica, Flute, Oboe, Viole und Violoncelle
    Played by Dennis James (Glass Armonica)
    The Works are performed by Marc Grauwels and the Brussels Virtuosi, Les Violons Du Roy.

    Raymond

  7. #7

    Re: Glass Armonica

    Interesting. That was William Zeitler on the video apparently. I never knew that about the Tchaikovsky.
    Dan Powers
    www.danielpowers.info

    "It's easier to be a composer than it is to compose."
    --Ray Luke (1928-2010)

  8. #8

    Re: Glass Armonica

    So... if they use the glass harmonica in an opera, might the fat lady's aria shatter it?
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

  9. #9

    Re: Glass Armonica

    this frequently happened , causing the end of the show. This is the origin of the popular phrase.

    Now you know...





    ...the rest of the story.
    If pro is the opposite of con lets look beyond this....the opposite of congress must be progress...

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    Re: Glass Armonica

    I will have a closer look at the use of this great instrument, but for the moment this is my favorite glass harmonica




    Raymond

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