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Thread #117019 Message #2517139
Posted By: Mark Ross
16-Dec-08 - 03:50 PM
Thread Name: Benjamin Franklin's Glass Armonica
Subject: RE: Benjamin Franklin's Glass Armonica
I got to play with a glass armonica musician a couple of years ago at the Oregon Country Fair, forgot his name, and he was a treat to listen to. For his solo bit he would play a Beethoven piece specifically written for that instrument and then he would finish with what he claimed was the original version of STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN.
It was a hoot. For the finale while the Most Left Reverend Chumleigh passed the hat thru the crowd, we would play Beethoven's ODE TO JOY, the chorale movement from his Ninth Symphony, on glass armonica, 5 string banjo and mouth harp. He had to be real careful he told me to check his lead levels every so often because the instrument uses leaded glass. Oh, and he an electric motor turning the spindle instead of Franklin's foot treadle.