One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A graduated series of glass bowls or tubes played as a musical instrument by rubbing them with the fingers.
- ‘In 1761 Benjamin Franklin became familiar with the sound of the ‘musical glasses’ and invented the glass harmonica.’
- ‘In 1761, Benjamin Franklin heard a set of these musical glasses and decided that he could do better.’
- ‘Franklin moistened his fingers and held them against the rims of the glass hemispheres as they turned, producing a sound similar to the musical glasses.’
- ‘He didn't simply refine the idea of musical glasses, which were played much like children at the dinner table play them today, with notes being determined by the amount of water in the glass.’
- ‘By the 17th century, the ethereal tones of musical glasses were the height of fashion in upper class society.’
- ‘The glass harmonica, also called musical glasses, became so popular in Europe in the 17th century that Mozart composed an adagio for it.’
- ‘Add food coloring to the water in the musical glasses to make a different color in each glass.’
- ‘Beautiful arrangements combine the unique sounds of musical glasses with piano and strings that is different from anything you've heard before.’
- ‘By age five, she played in concert at the Academy of Music, and by the time she was 14, she conducted her own all-girl orchestra and was featured on stage with the marimba and musical glasses.’
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