One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A musical instrument in which the sound is made by a row of rotating, concentric glass bowls, kept moist and pressed with the fingers or with keys. It was invented in 1761 by Benjamin Franklin and was popular until about 1830.
- ‘Gluck learnt to play the violin and keyboard instruments, but his later appearances as a virtuoso were on the glass harmonica.’
- ‘A co-worker was researching glass harmonicas (invented by Benjamin Franklin) and discovered the website for an actual manufacturer of the instrument.’
- ‘One of the most enjoyable aspects of this disc is that both films feature a period soundtrack, ranging from opera to the forgotten sounds of the glass harmonica.’
- ‘Introduction opens with a single synthesized flute, others gradually joining to create a sound reminiscent of the glass harmonica.’
- ‘The aquarium shimmers with life, and a glass harmonica adds a reflective sheen to the tank (Saint-Saëns actually just asked for harmonica, and no-one seems quite sure what precisely he meant).’
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