The Componium of Dietrich Nikolaus Winkel

Reporting from a scientific exhibition in Paris, a musical journal in 1824 wrote, “the astonishment of the hearers was at its height when, after having executed a march with variations by Moscheles, the instrument was left to follow its own [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 19th, 2018
The Melotype by Gustave Rundstatler

Last time, I introduced you to the Columbia Music Typewriter. And rightfully, you must have thought that it really doesn’t look anything like a conventional typewriter or a machine operated via a keyboard. And it certainly looked rather cumbersome to [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 12th, 2018
by Nicolette Wong | August 7th, 2018
The Music Typewriter of Charles Spiro

When Joseph Haydn was putting the finishing touches on a symphony during the later stages of his career, he dejectedly wrote. “The piece on which I am now working would have been already finished if it were not that my [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 5th, 2018
The Musical Bicycle of Samuel Goss

For a great many people, the car is a fantastic place to enjoy music. And predictably this pleasure manifests itself in a variety of musical and cultural practices. It ranges from background eavesdropping during a long commute to turning vehicles [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 29th, 2018
The Musical Bed of Sadiq Muhammad Khan IV

We’ve all heard of musical chairs, a game of elimination involving players, chairs, and music. With one fewer chair than players, when the music stops the player who fails to sit on a chair is eliminated. A chair is then [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 22nd, 2018
Music for the Eyes From the Music Catalogue of Auguste Durand

Music publishing in France is intricately and unbreakably linked with the name Durand! It all started with Marie-Auguste Massacrié-Durand (1830-1909), a capable composer and organist. In fact, he studied at the Paris Conservatoire and was a classmate of César Franck [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 16th, 2018
Music for the Eyes Éditions Russes de Musique

The great conductor and champion of contemporary music Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951) certainly knew the value of a good marriage. Musically talented, he initially studied double bass and eventually joined the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra in 1894. He toured extensively with the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 9th, 2018