It looks like a piano and it’s played like one too. But Leonardo da Vinci’s invention, the concept of which is preserved on paper records hundreds of years old, would sound like a violin.
For centuries, the instrument has not been heard — until now.
Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki recently built the “viola organista” and debuted his interpretation of it at a piano festival in Krakow, Poland, last month.
Zubrzycki posted video of his concert last week [above]. A Q&A by Tygodnik Powszechny with Zubrzycki (translated via Google Translate) reported the pianist finding Vinci’s notes on the instrument dating to 1489.
Further research led Zubrzycki to learn about physical constructions of the instrument dating to the 1600s, but “none has survived to our times,” he said.
Zubrzycki took it upon himself to begin reconstructing the instrument in 2009.
But he wasn’t the only one. Akio Obuchi constructed and played his own viola organista in 2004. Zubrzycki said though that Obuchi’s several iterations of the instrument have flaws.
‘‘I have no idea what Leonardo da Vinci might think of the instrument I’ve made, but I’d hope he’d be pleased,’’ Zubrzycki said of his reconstruction of the instrument, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Actually teared up…what a beautiful instrument. Those lower tones are absolutely marvelous.
(Shoutout to thosefourstrings for bringing this to my attention and honestly making my day.)
A Bronze Koro [Incense Burner]
Muromachi-Momoyama period (16th century) , Japan
Cast in two sections and hinged, as a long eared hare looking upward with a bell around its neck
17cm. high . Christie’s
Book illustration of an unidentified mythical, bird-like creature with a long tail and human head, wearing a hat with two long feathers. Taken from a series of 127 woodcuts by Melchior Lorck, German, 1582 | Melchior Lorck, vol.III, catalogue raisonné, I, The Turkish Publication, Copenhagen, 2009, no. 124
"The first female firefighter was a slave. She volunteered in a New York City firehouse in 1818. Her name was Molly Williams and her achievement is often marked by a quote saying that she was “as good a fire laddie as many of the boys.” If true, Williams overcame a huge hurdle, one that exists almost two centuries later in the department, where females are still struggling to be considered physically competent and asexual enough to hang out in the company of men.
The first paid career U.S. firefighter, Judith Brewer, wasn’t hired until more than a century and a half later, in Arlington, Virginia, in 1974. The wives of the men in her house demanded a meeting to discuss the hire. Brewer was quoted as saying that they ‘were upset about their husbands bunking with a woman.’”
"In 2000, there were a total of twenty women in the FDNY. Twelve years later the tally was thirty-four. The most recent probationary class accepted eight, the most of any class dating back to 1982, when females were first allowed into service. However, four of the eight females have since dropped out of training.”
"Her friends often say, ‘Oh my god, you must work around hot guys all the time.’ But Medina swears she’s never been attracted to anyone in her firehouse. ‘It’s also a bit taboo,’ she says. She pauses, then adds: ‘And ya’ know, they tawk like this: Sophy, how ya’ do-win. Hey yo bada bing bada boom.’ She admits she’s exaggerating as she imitates men in her firehouse, the way a sister would a brother, and as though she’s been given that right as a member of its tight-knit, devoted community.”
Vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, female samurai warrior of the upper bushi , class in feudal Japan. Late 1800’s. .
❧ The Films of the Brothers Quay
↳ The Street of Crocodiles
"In that city of cheap human material, no instincts can flourish, no dark and unusual passions can be aroused. THE STREET OF CROCODILES was a concession of our city to modernity and metropolitan corruption. The misfortune of that area is that nothing ever succeeds there, nothing can ever reach a definite conclusion. Obviously, we were unable to afford anything better than a cardboard imitation, a photo montage cut out from last year’s mouldering newspapers."
− Bruno Schulz “Ulica Krokodyli”
Dude that first one gets scarier every second you view it.
Didn’t wanna sleep tonight anyway
About time for bed. I oughta see what’s new on Tumblr before I lay down.
Sleep is now cancelled.
Holy flip that first one though…