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The Da Vinci Accordion

Jack Campin 23 Mar 13 - 06:57 PM
McGrath of Harlow 23 Mar 13 - 08:44 PM
Sandra in Sydney 23 Mar 13 - 09:24 PM
Manitas_at_home 24 Mar 13 - 07:08 AM
fat B****rd 24 Mar 13 - 08:25 AM
EBarnacle 24 Mar 13 - 09:10 AM
Bill D 24 Mar 13 - 10:34 AM
GUEST,leeneia 24 Mar 13 - 10:59 AM
Uncle Tone 24 Mar 13 - 11:22 AM
GUEST 25 Mar 13 - 09:55 AM
Roger the Skiffler 25 Mar 13 - 10:53 AM
Jack Campin 25 Mar 13 - 08:34 PM
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Subject: The Da Vinci Accordion
From: Jack Campin
Date: 23 Mar 13 - 06:57 PM

Now this is surprising. A realization of a design for an accordion (mostly made of paper) by Leonardo da Vinci:

http://abruzzoblog.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/lanciano-accordion-festival-in-mostra.html

(Text is in Italian).


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Subject: RE: The Da Vinci Accordion
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 23 Mar 13 - 08:44 PM

I hope someone can find a clip that let's us hear what it sounds like. Looks great.

Plays no doubt in the key of Code.


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Subject: RE: The Da Vinci Accordion
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 23 Mar 13 - 09:24 PM

Reconstructions of da Vinci instruments being played photos

Aleksander Ipavec playing da Vinci accordion - doesn't sound like any accordion I've ever heard! I like it, but got very impatient with the lovely scenery until I could see the instrument in action (ps. it's a beautiful video)

Italian musicians inspired by Da Vinci Accordion players Giuseppe and Antonio Teoli made a surprise guest appearance at MOSI's Da Vinci – The Genius exhibition to see some of the origins of Italian musical instrument design.

Giuseppe and Antonio, who are of Italian heritage, live in Rossendale and play throughout the North West. They played traditional tunes amongst Leonardo da Vinci's early musical inventions and an original Italian barrel organ, which was made in Manchester and is on display in the exhibition.

Da Vinci is less known for his musical instruments, which include a portable piano designed to be worn around the waist, a mechanical drum used in military marches to give the impression of a larger army than in reality, and a double flute. The instrument designs have been brought to life in the exhibition, in hand-crafted instruments created by Italian artisans.    (read on)


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Subject: RE: The Da Vinci Accordion
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 24 Mar 13 - 07:08 AM

This is more like more a portable portative organ than an accordion.


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Subject: RE: The Da Vinci Accordion
From: fat B****rd
Date: 24 Mar 13 - 08:25 AM

Whatever it is, this - IMNSHO - is a fascinating thread. Thank you all.


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Subject: RE: The Da Vinci Accordion
From: EBarnacle
Date: 24 Mar 13 - 09:10 AM

It looks as though it is designed to promote cooperation between a squeezer and a player.


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Subject: RE: The Da Vinci Accordion
From: Bill D
Date: 24 Mar 13 - 10:34 AM

translation of Italian text by Dichter:

"At the start of Lanciano an exhibition of vintage musical instruments (X-XVII sec.) To be held at the Auditorium of Diocletian (the opening is scheduled for today at 17). Among the more than 70 instruments on display, true to the original, there will be one of extraordinary interest: the Accordion Leonardo. It is a unique prototype, made from a drawing and descriptions taken from the Codex Madrid II (sheet 76r. - National Library of Madrid). The exhibition is in conjunction with the "Lanciano Accordion Festival", International Accordion Competition with over 300 foreign participants. The organization is responsible for the new association "Fortissimo", in collaboration with the local administration. The Accordion Leonardo was carried out on the basis of a drawing and descriptions of the great Italian Renaissance artist and scientist that have been found recently in the "Codex Madrid II - Sheet 76r." At the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid. The prototype is the result of the passion of the maker and researcher Mario Buonoconto Friuli, an expert in the reconstruction of ancient instruments. So the manufacturer describes the exceptional event that he worked for seven years: "A design that you sensed the importance, but no one had ever thought to use to make a prototype. Together with a drawing, Leonardo also left "notes"; few, but essential and significant: a vertical keyboard, a series of rods of wood or paper and a double-acting bellows that works in both directions whose genius is to generate a continuous flow of air which activates the sound. In essence, Leonardo anticipates more than three centuries the invention of the accordion (1829). One that will play the instrument of Leonardo is a faint sound, typical of the era. From the design of s'intuiscono rods embedded in each mo 'flute, accordion feature logically different from the current that produces sounds with "free metal reeds" to get a more powerful sound. In the early stages of construction, all strictly manuals, to avoid incurring historical contradictions, I used only wood and wood at the time ".
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Subject: RE: The Da Vinci Accordion
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 24 Mar 13 - 10:59 AM

Sandra, thank you for the link. I thought the instrument sounded like pan pipes, and when I finally saw it, the wooden pipes on it explained why. As Manitas said, it is more like an organ than an accordion.

I wish I had one...


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Subject: RE: The Da Vinci Accordion
From: Uncle Tone
Date: 24 Mar 13 - 11:22 AM

And there was me thinking this was about a new Dan Brown book with spooky chords!

Tone


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Subject: RE: The Da Vinci Accordion
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Mar 13 - 09:55 AM

A gentleman- one who could have invented the accordion but didn't.


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Subject: RE: The Da Vinci Accordion
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 25 Mar 13 - 10:53 AM

Wot no washboard? Looks like he was getting ready to equip a One Man Band? (Or that guy with 4 arme that he drew!

RtS


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Subject: RE: The Da Vinci Accordion
From: Jack Campin
Date: 25 Mar 13 - 08:34 PM

There is an urban legend that Leonardo invented the violin and he was definitely fond of the triangle:

Leonardo's triangle

What he was really trying to invent was cajun music.


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