Angelic Organ Of Evil

Adam Hart-davis explores the history of the Glass Armonica, a musical instrument developed in the 18th century from the simple principle of rubbing one's fingers around the rim of a wine glass.

Invented by Benjamin Franklin, Mozart, Beethoven and Donizetti were among the many composers who wrote for it. But its beautifully haunting ethereal sound was also accused of causing evil and endangering public health, and it was even banned in one German town after a child died during a concert.

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Adam Hart-davis explores the history of the Glass Armonica, a musical instrument developed in the 18th century from the simple principle of rubbing one's fingers around the rim of a wine glass.

Invented by Benjamin Franklin, Mozart, Beethoven and Donizetti were among the many composers who wrote for it. But its beautifully haunting ethereal sound was also accused of causing evil and endangering public health, and it was even banned in one German town after a child died during a concert.