Playing with Benjamin Franklin's Instrument
|Franklin & his instrument|
My regular readers are probably thinking, "Why are you telling me about furnaces and ocular devices? I didn't come to this page to be bored with scientific jargon and trivia, I came here to be titillated. Titillate me!"
*Sighing* Please be patient, my gentle reader. I shall, as always, titillate whilst I educate.
Did you know that Benjamin Franklin also invented a musical instrument he called the glass armonica? The instrument was comprised of a series of glass bowls attached to an iron spindle secured inside a long wooden case. The musician would spin the bowls and then run his/her fingers over them to create a range of sounds.
Franklin's instrument created a sensation in America and Europe. Everyone wanted to get their hands on it (told you this would post would become more titillating, ye of little faith). Even Marie Antoinette fiddled with Franklin's instrument (Mon dieu!)!
|Parts of Franklin's Glass Armonica|
In fact, Franklin's instrument was so popular that many famous people played with it. Both Ludwig von Beethoven and Wolfgang Mozart wrote music specifically for Franklin's armonica.