Glass harp

It’s been a while since I posted something musical.

As a child I drove my parents nuts by rubbing a wet finger around the rim of wine glasses. Stupidly, I taught my stepson this same technique (and then had to remind him of the difference in behavioral expectations between our kitchen, and a restaurant). Clearly, neither I nor my stepson were thinking big enough.

This performance is by the Glass Duo, a Polish team, during the June 2010 Chamber Music Festival in Bologna, Italy. It was recorded in the Chiostro della Basilica di Santo Stefano.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to Glass harp

  1. Power Wench says:

    OK, *how* do they do that? Clearly it’s not the wet finger technique. Rosin on fingertips?

    And traveling with that particular instrument must be nerve wracking!

    • oregon expat says:

      It does seem to be the wet finger technique — you can see the players occasionally rewetting their fingertips in those white, rectangular objects, and fluid does drop back from their fingers when they do so. Though I’m guessing it’s not water, which would evaporate/rub off too quickly. Maybe glycerin? Vegetable oil?

  2. xenatuba says:

    That is cool. Way different sound than when the tuba ensemble does it!

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