What Beethoven wrote for the Yaybahar

This gorgeous instrument was invented by Görkem Şen of Istanbul.

It works like this: The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs. 

At around 4:40, Mr Sen plays a theme from Beethoven’s Ninth. Enjoy.

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  • Fabulous indeed! What an amazing invention! It brought tears to my eyes! The art of devising new musical instruments is not dead! I’m thinking of Wagner’s tubas, the glass harmonica and mechanical organ triggered by the clock in the church tower for which Mozart wrote music, and so on… Thank you so much for this!

  • If he develops an international career, though, it won’t be long before he has to write to Slipped Disc to complain about whatever airline he travelled on! Mind you, perhaps he doesn’t have to; people will beat a path to his door just for a look out of his window.

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