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.


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: [].

And here is one with an ensemble: [].

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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