I think these instruments at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix qualify as sculpture:
More Sculpture Saturday.
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:
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:
Found at the Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, Arizona:
See more Sculpture Saturday.
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. . .
May you be full of wonder this weekend.
Twelve articles for your artistic pleasure.
When I saw this week’s theme for the Tuesday Photo Challenge, I thought, “What a great theme! If only I could think of a shot to take.”
You see, I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in music education. I taught elementary general music for twelve and a half years in two different centuries and two different states.
I sighed and glanced around my very messy study. This is what I saw:
Then I went to the living room, where my piano resides.
Photographs by ARHuelsenbeck.