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Dr. Socially Liberal Fiscally Conservative Vermin
19th November 13, 10:31 AM
A bizarre instrument combining a piano and cello has finally been played to an audience more than 500 years after it was dreamt up Leonardo da Vinci.
Da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance genius who painted the Mona Lisa, invented the ‘‘viola organista’’ - which looks like a baby grand piano – but never built it, experts say.
The viola organista has now come to life, thanks to a Polish concert pianist with a flair for instrument-making and the patience and passion to interpret da Vinci’s plans.
Full of steel strings and spinning wheels, Slawomir Zubrzycki’s creation is a musical and mechanical work of art.
‘‘This instrument has the characteristics of three we know: the harpsichord, the organ and the viola da gamba,’’ Zubrzycki said as he debuted the instrument at the Academy of Music in the southern Polish city of Krakow.



Sinful Jock
19th November 13, 11:07 AM
Beautiful. The smoothness of the note transition really surprised me. The WASPS must be creaming themselves. Their young debutantes can now play the cello and piano at the same time!

20th November 13, 11:56 AM
That's pretty damn amazing. Da Vinci's particular brand of genius. I thought it would be a train wreck, but it's pleasing to hear.

Pie of Hate
21st November 13, 04:52 AM
Not at all the sound I was expecting it make. Props to the guy who built it.