look at that chubby little bird!!!
look at that lil guy flying wow so cute
It looks like a piano and it’s played like one too. But Leonardo da Vinci’s invention, the concept of which is preserved on paper records hundreds of years old, would sound like a violin.
For centuries, the instrument has not been heard — until now.
Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki recently built the “viola organista” and debuted his interpretation of it at a piano festival in Krakow, Poland, last month.
Zubrzycki posted video of his concert last week [above]. A Q&A by Tygodnik Powszechny with Zubrzycki (translated via Google Translate) reported the pianist finding Vinci’s notes on the instrument dating to 1489.
Further research led Zubrzycki to learn about physical constructions of the instrument dating to the 1600s, but “none has survived to our times,” he said.
Zubrzycki took it upon himself to begin reconstructing the instrument in 2009.
But he wasn’t the only one. Akio Obuchi constructed and played his own viola organista in 2004. Zubrzycki said though that Obuchi’s several iterations of the instrument have flaws.
‘‘I have no idea what Leonardo da Vinci might think of the instrument I’ve made, but I’d hope he’d be pleased,’’ Zubrzycki said of his reconstruction of the instrument, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Actually teared up…what a beautiful instrument. Those lower tones are absolutely marvelous.
(Shoutout to thosefourstrings for bringing this to my attention and honestly making my day.)
My band director was just tagged in this on facebook. It’s an old letter to his daughter and it reads:
How’s camp? I’ve been thinking of you and how you remind me of a bassoon. So I copied a couple fingerings for a bassoonist to play a couple of cool notes. If you’re asking yourself, or someone near to you, why you should be compared (favorably, I must say) to a bassoon, and are being met with blank puzzlement, let me enlighten you.
As you might imagine, the bassoon is a rare and unique instrument. Many people live their whole entire lives without ever experiencing the majesty, and mystery of its voice. It’s sometimes a misunderstood instrument. It is in one instant dark, foreboding, then sweet and melodious. It can be funny and sad, threatening and consoling. Its variety is broad and its capacity of expression is deep. It does not seek popularity but enjoys the company of others. It plays well with large groups, or small, or can carry a tune all alone. The bassoon believes in itself and values its own uniqueness. Those of us who have discovered its beauty and sweet song feel glad that we’ve been able to have that as part of our life experience.
So, sweet girl, don’t stub your toe on big rocks. Share your uniqueness.