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Remarkable Instuments (played by remarkable musicians!)

A few instuments you may know...and a few you may not.

Theorbo

Introducing the Baroque Theorbo. return

A member of the lute family, The theorbo is a string instrument with a extremely long neck and double pegboards. It was largely used during the Baroque era, roughly between 1600-1750.

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Lute 101 with Nigel North. open

Baryton

The Baryton was a common sight for close to 200 years. In recent years, Matt Baker and has brought about renewed interest in the Baryton through the Valencia Baryton Project. return

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Cellist and Eastman School of Music graduate, Guy Johnston with pianist Tom Poster perform for a London radio station. open

Baroque Trumpet

Introducing the Baroque Trumpet with Alison Balsom. return

Modern trumpets with "valves" began appearing around 1818. Prior to that, trumpeters had to use other means to "fill in the scale". Despite the advantages valves provided, it wasn't until the nearly end of the 19th century that they became widely used.

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Rochester native, Chuck Mangione performing "Feels So Good" on his flugelhorn back in 1989. open

Clarinet

Clarinetist, Antony Pay demonstrating the type of clarinet that would have been played when Mozart was composing. return

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The modern clarinet played by soloist Arngunnur Árnadóttir, with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. open

Introducing Beethoven's Contrabassoon. open

Octobass

Eric Chappell playing the Octobass

A very, very large and rare instrument which resembles an oversized double bass. The instrument is so large it requires the musician to stand on a raised platform and operate levers in order to depress any of its 3 strings.

Theremin

Celia Sheen plays the Midsomer Murders theme song on her Theremin. return

The "Theremin" gets its name from its creator, Leon Theremin who introduced his instument to the world in 1919.

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Leon Theremin playing his own instrument open

Kamāncheh

Kayhan Kalhor plays the Kamāncheh. return

The kamancheh is an Iranian bowed string instrument used largely in Persian, Azerbaijani and Kurdish music.

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India's stringed instrument...the sitar. open

Ocarina

An ancient wind musical instrument, the ocarina is typically a clay vessel with between 4 and 12 holes that are used for fingering and a more distant hole used for blowing air into the vessel. return

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"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" performed by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra. open

Cimbasso

The Cimbasso is a modern instrument of the trombone family with a deep pitch in a range close to the tuba. return

Presenting The Prince Regent's Band (featurng a Contralto Saxhorn, Tenor Saxhorn, Baritone Saxhorn and the Contrabass Saxhorn). The Saxhorn in its multiple forms was the creation of Adolphe Sax who is best remembered as the designer of the saxophone. open

Harpsichord

1584 Flemish Single-Manual Harpsichord

Hurdy-Gurdy

Bagpipes

Bagpipes 101. return

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The massed pipes & drums march through Ballater in Royal Deeside, Scotland, to start the 2018 Ballater Highland Games. open

Glass harmonica

Designed by none other than Benjamin Franklin, the glass armonica (as Franklin called it), is a series of spinning glass vessels arranged by size that is played by applying wet fingers to the surface of the glass. Mozart and Beethoven both created works that incorporated the glass harmonica.

Bandoneon

Despite being developed in Germany for churches that couldn't afford organs, the bandoneon became popular in Argentina and Uruguay and is now an essential ingredient of most tango music. return

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Mairéad Hurley playing the concertina. open

A little Cajun accordian. open

Accordian Boogie with Weird Al. open

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