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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Glass Harp-Toccata and Fugue in D minor-Bach-BWV 565

The sound of glass music is unmistakably unique. Ever since this art has been performed, the audience has always found it surprisingly intriguing.

The inventor of the glass harmonica,Benjamin Franklin, after listening to the sound of musical glasses, wrote with much enthusiasm "...it's tones are incomparably sweet beyond those of any other".

Robert Tiso is a classical guitarist and has been playing glass music since 2002. His instrument is known as the glass harp or more commonly musical glasses, and consists of 39 stem glasses of different sizes and shapes, fixed to a wooden base and tuned by adjusting the quantity of water each one contains.

The sound is produced simply by rubbing the moistened fingertips along the rims, this friction causes the vibration that makes the glasses resonate.
With this ethereal sound Robert Tiso performs a wide repertoire that includes many classical masterpieces by Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky.... and more contemporary compositions by Morricone, Pink Floyd...

All carefully chosen to suit the sound and arranged to express the potential possibilities of the glass harp. An exciting and curious concert for all kinds of audiences that gives the opportunity to see a live performance of a 300 year old musical tradition almost forgotten by modern times.

Toccata and fugue in D minor by J. S. Bach
played on glass harp (musical glasses) by Robert Tiso
Bach's most famous organ piece arranged for glass harp.

Free sheet music for this can be found here: http://www.classical-scores.com/free/...

A theory has recently (1981) been put forth that J. S. Bach did not write this piece. A brief summary of the supporting evidence for this theory can be read here:

To listen to a good organ version watch Kurt Ison, Sydney Town Hall.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FXoyr...

Or Karl Richter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd_oIF...

Also arranged for symphonic orchestra for the famous Walt Disney cartoon "Fantasia" in 1940. Can be viewed at:

A very interesting version with a bar-graph score (midi sequencer score) gives you a visual idea of the voicing of this piece. watch:

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