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Thread #117019   Message #2517121
Posted By: Jack Campin
16-Dec-08 - 03:35 PM
Thread Name: Benjamin Franklin's Glass Armonica
Subject: RE: Benjamin Franklin's Glass Armonica
It is said of the Ottoman classical musician Tanburi Cemil Bey (1874-1916) that "when he was only ten years old he exhibited an extraordinary talent for music. He used to do music with glasses that were filled with water to varying degrees, play with the rubber boots of visitors for the same purpose". (from the notes to the Isbank-sponsored 3-CD anthology of mostly-78 recordings, "From Past to Present Turkish Music")

I'd guess that the glasses were struck like a glockenspiel, rather than played like Franklin's gizmo; I've seen a busker in Budapest doing that. But, musical wellies???