- n. A musical instrument made of blown-glass bowls mounted on a spindle turned originally by a foot pedal, and played with wetted fingers, producing an ethereal sound. Technically, it is a crystallophone. It has enjoyed a modern revival.
- Coined by Benjamin Franklin, its inventor; built on Italian armonia ("harmony"). Glass harmonica is a corruption of Franklin's original word, a backformation influenced by harmonica (a reed instrument invented sixty years later). (Wiktionary)
“He initially named his invention the ‘glassy-chord’, but changed it in early 1762 to the ‘armonica’, named after the Italian word for ‘harmony’. (w/video)”
“I also never knew he invented a brand new instrument called the armonica try Googling it for fun.”
“For Ariel, we crafted a sound as light and airy as the name, and found an instrument invented by Ben Franklin -- the glass armonica, which sounds like champagne glasses played with fingertips.”
“Yet Franklin also invented bifocals, the lightning rod, the Franklin stove, a flexible urinary catheter, not to mention the armonica [glass harmonica], and, with his cousin, was the first to name and to chart the Gulf Stream.”
“The strange maladies may have been a result of lead poisoning from paint applied to the bowl edges, and the lead content of the glass bowls, since some armonica players moistened their fingers on their tongues.”
“Franklin called his invention an armonica after the Italian word for harmony, and the instrument enjoyed immediate and vast popularity.”
“HGTV, he is best known for his performances on the glass armonica.”
“His latest recording is World Glass, a delight which showcases all the glass instruments in his Crystal Concert, including the glass armonica, the glass violin, the crystal handbells, the cristal Baschet, and the glass bowed psaltery.”
“Carter, an avid musician and one of the richest men in Colonial Williamsburg, owned a glass armonica.”
“The music that sings through a glass armonica is other-worldly, a celestial harmony that is soothing and mystical.”
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