Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Following on from my last post about the Mechanical Music museum, a friend pointed me in the direction of an unconventional recording of Pachelbel's Canon. I'd seen this once or twice before, but it's wonderful enough to bear rewatching (several times), so I was very glad of the reminder:
I've also managed to find a couple of videos that nicely represent the things we saw in Northleach. First, here 's Vladimir Horowitz playing his Carmen Variations via pianola. We heard the same piece, on a similar instrument:
And a very early jukebox in action; we saw a machine very similar to this, but for us it played Amazing Grace rather than this odd plinky tune:
PS All this musicality somehow reminds me of the bounce juggling rendition of Steve Reich's Clapping Music which I blogged about last year. Worth a watch, if you missed it the first time around.