Lira Organizzata

Let me introduce you to the lira organizzata, a combination of an hurdy gurdy and an harmonium!  The crank operates both the bow wheel and the bellows.  They were apparently popular during Hayden’s time.

[matthias.loibner.net]

There is some information about its construction as well as pictures and sound samples at the Weichselbaumer site and here.

Here is a recording of the instrument: [matthias.loibner.net].

And here is one with an ensemble: [matthias.loibner.net].

I hope he doesn’t mind me deep linking into his site.  I do hope to buy a hurdy gurdy from him some day!

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