Tag Archives: Musical Instruments
Video of the Week # 318: Musical Instruments You Don’t Often Get to Hear
Creative Juice #220
One of my favorite blogs, which I visit almost every day, is MyOBT, which stands for “one beautiful thing.” Donna’s mission is to post one beautiful thing every day, and she succeeds, although sometimes the post might be more funny than beautiful. (But I always appreciate a laugh—don’t you?) If you follow Creative Juice every Friday, you know it almost always contains a post from MyOBT. I try not to post more than one article from any one blog on a single Friday, but in Donna’s case I sometimes have to make an exception, because her output of beauty is just so vast and I want to share it all. In fact, if you love her posts, too, you should follow her blog yourself so you don’t miss a single one. If you need more convincing, today’s CJ features a dozen wonderful posts from MyOBT.
- Pasta that looks like candy.
- An incredibly educational Instagram page.
- Photographic architectural paintings.
- Plants as you’ve never seen them before.
- Gorgeous old houses you can get really cheap.
- A special ed teacher celebrates kids with special needs.
- Beautiful patterned artwork.
- A boy runs away from home, travels the world, and becomes a modern artist.
- Colorful sculpture.
- Vacation in Hobbiton?
- For the Norse enthusiasts.
- A musician who creates instruments based on the Fibonacci spiral.
Sculpture Saturday: Musical Instruments as Sculpture
I think these instruments at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix qualify as sculpture:
More Sculpture Saturday.
V is for Viola
She is the less-well-known cousin of the ubiquitous violin. Slightly larger and with a deeper voice, she hardly ever gets to sing the melody or a solo if a violin is around.
She is one of the only instruments whose music is notated in alto clef (sometimes called viola clef), which looks like a bracket with its point centered on the third line of the staff. (When the viola has a whole chunk of notes in its high register, the notation switches to treble clef.) The strings are tuned a fifth below the violin’s, and an octave above the cello’s.
Just because a person can play a violin does not mean they can play a viola. Because of its size, it requires a greater reach of fingers and arms. The notes are spread out farther along the fingerboard, so they may have a different fingering than on the violin. The strings are less responsive, so the bow is heavier and the violist needs to use more pressure. Smaller models are made for smaller musicians. Amihai Grosz plays the Brahms F minor Sonata:
Kim Kashkashian premieres György Kurtág’s In memoriam Blum Tamás:
Debussy, Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp, 1st movement:
The size and shape of the viola has been tinkered with for centuries, and innovations have been tried, such as electrification:
Another design tweak is adding a string and cutting away parts of the body:
O is for Organ
The earliest pipe organ originated in Greece in the third century BC. Called a hydraulis, it was powered by air compressed by water pressure.
Bellows were added to organ design by the sixth or seventh century AD.
Charlemagne was the first to request a pipe organ in his chapel in Aachen in 812, which established the organ as the premier instrument in Western European church music for many centuries.
In the 12th century, the organ began to evolve into a complex instrument capable of producing different timbres.
My favorite organ piece is the Toccata and Fugue by J.S. Bach:
And my second favorite has got to be this one:
Sculpture Saturday: Slit Drum
Found at the Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, Arizona:
See more Sculpture Saturday.
Video of the Week #213: For the Theremin Lovers
Creative Juice #127
Somehow I got out of sequence. This should have been last week’s collection. Somehow I misplaced it after I found the Grant Snider piece. . .
- Gorgeous wedding photography.
- This artwork is a little difficult to look at.
- Beautiful tangles. You can click on the images to enlarge them.
- Living at an artist’s residence.
- Cartoonist Grant Snider’s tribute to poet Mary Oliver.
- Excellent books for kids (and some are even good for adults).
- Some DIY projects for the exterior of your home.
- If you’re ever in Romania, you can visit this amusement park in an old salt mine.
- If you’ve ever thought of playing guitar, keyboard, or drums, here are some suggestions for you (and also some surprising stuff).
- In praise of endpapers.
- Free star quilt patterns.
- Lovely chapel in South Africa.
Creative Juice #128
May you be full of wonder this weekend.
- Talk about a man cave . . .
- How to set up a painting studio.
- “Even the places you visit thousands of times become new to you the moment you have a camera in your hand.”
- Ideas for personalizing your Bible.
- It’s hard to dislike graffiti as beautiful as this.
- Beautiful photographs of Frida Kahlo.
- Help save this magnificent church organ.
- Some red-and-white quilts, not just for Valentine’s Day.
- Expressive sculptured faces.
- A designer of bridal veils.
- Old abandoned palaces.
- What happens if you don’t wash your car.