Viola Organista


#1

My secretary found this and passed it along to me - we talk music since she sings in amateur choirs.



http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/11/viola-organista/


#2

What a wonderful creation. The video is a delight.



Thank you!


#3

Wow! Thank you for sharing!


#4

Amazing. I hope you pay her well!


#5

An observation:



I really like the concept and am amazed it works as well as it does.



However, I find listening to it musically unsatisfying. I do not believe this is the result of it being unfamiliar, but because it sounds so mechanical with no variation in touch or volume.



On the other hand, I enjoy harpsichord which similarly cannot vary touch.



Perhaps it is a combination of learning the sound and needing music written for the strengths of the instrument.


#6

I wonder if a proper recording and perhaps hearing it live would help to make better sense of the two actions on the strings. I too found it a bit monotonous, odd given that it is supposed to be anything but.


#7

Well, clearly we don’t pay her enough because she alerted me to the fact that we have a rather impressive museum here about which I knew nothing:



http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/information-services/library-museum-gallery/museums-and-galleries/musical-instrument-museums



You can do a virtual tour of the collection, which is rather nice.


#8

This is an impressive collection. Very nice.


#9

This one is nice, too:

http://www.museomusicabologna.it/