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Leonard da Vinci Instrument Makes Its Debut

Recently, NPR's Robert Smith reported about the debut of Leonardo da Vinci's harpsichord-viola in a concert in New York City. A partial sketch of the instrument appears in Leonardo's largest manuscript, the Codex Atlanticus. Leonardo3, an Italian collective dedicated to exploring and creating Leonardo's designs, built the harpsichord-viola and displayed it in the Discovery Times Square Exhibition Leonardo da Vinci's Workshop. Smith's story says it all.  Take a listen.

December 10, 2009 - More than 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci designed a completely new musical instrument. But the harpsichord-viola was just a figment of the his imagination until now. Industrial designers from Italian firm Leonardo3 have reconstructed the instrument from sketches in Leonardo's notebooks. There's a slight problem, though: The mind of the great renaissance genius didn't count on how noisy the machine would sound. Keep reading...

A brief Discovery News video report by James Williams shows the harpsichord-viola in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiCaMAj2DD8 See?  Everything has a purpose.

Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.