John Zorn (b. September 2, 1953 in New York City): American avant-garde composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist & multi-instrumentalist w/ hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, & producer across a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore, classical, surf, metal, klezmer, soundtrack, ambient & improvised music. Described by Down Beat as "one of our most important composers". Wikipedia http://www.flickr.com/photos/desingel/6056083276/in/photostream/
Lyraflugel ~ This type of upright piano was made almost exclusively in Berlin between 1820 and 1850. The Lyraflügel was a fashionable fixture of middle-class Biedermeier parlors in northern German lands. In the period of the Napoleonic occupation (1806–13), the lyre had become a symbol of freedom and liberation. It was popularized in songs based on the collection of patriotic poems, With Lyre and Sword, by the poet Theodor Körner (1791–1813).
1890 Belgian Accordion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - From the curators' comments: "An early chromatic accordion with an arrangement of buttons like a piano keyboard and seventeen free basses."
1848-1852 American(?) Apollo lyre at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - It's interesting to see, looking back over the years, just how much experimentation went on in creating the musical instruments we know today. For instance, this is the only known "Apollo lyre" in existence - according to the curators, "The upward-pointing handles produce pressure and suction to sound a diatonic scale, as in an accordion or harmonica."
1726 German (Munich) Viola d'amore at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - From the curators' comments: "Viola d'amore with seven melody strings and 9 sympathetic strings; a large model sometimes called the "English violet.""
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