Monday, July 27, 2015 A
We didn't seem to ail so badly when we were at the Musical Instrument Museum, which is way north and way east of the central location of our hotel. We'll probably cut our visit short a bit, and head far west and far south and home after breakfast.
But, wow MIM, what a fantastic experience! We did opt for the introductory tour, and I'm so glad we did. It begun in the room with the world's hugest musical intrument, the octobass:
After he showed us this, we headed upstairs. I spent a good bit of time in the Egyptian and Middle Eastern displays.
Side with the ancient Egyptian illustration, which is from the 18th Dynasty tomb of Nakht, TT 52 at Luxor, here if not there at Wiki.
Wood, mother-of-pearl, nylon
MIM, #2010.190.1.1 ??
Qanun (plucked zither)
Walnut, rosewood, fishskin, metal
Gabriel Tutunigy, maker
"Popular for its bright sound and the rapid plucking technique used to play it. Tutunigy is known as one of the finest qanun makers."
Early 21st c.
Gift of El Mastaba Center for Egyptian Folk Music
Julia could read "Salmeen" in the center 'deco'.
Some of the decoration was quite elaborate:
We had fun with the Indonesian gamelan display, which amounts to a whole orchestra. One display showed the making of the brass gongs:
"Gamelan is traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali in Indonesia, made up predominantly of percussive instruments. The most common instruments are metallophones played by mallets as well as a set of hand played drums called kendhang which register the beat."
In the "Experience" gallery, we learned the funny knobs are there because that's the area that gets struck. I did love playing with the smaller jar shaped ones and the big ones.
A giant drum featured a movie displayed on it in which we could try and follow along with the beats.
Returning back to Middle Eastern music, the Jewish area featured a video clip with the pianist Alice Herz Sommer, who lived to 110. She credits music wtih giving her the strength to endure in the hideously evil conditions of the Holocaust.
In the Latin Americal galleries, we heard on woman say, "After a while, they all start to sound the same."
By the time we'd made it to the Irish display, I made the comment, "Here's some music that sure doesn't sound like the rest!" I made sure to get photos of a drum signed by the Chieftains:
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