Musicians Play Wine Glass Harp





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Published on Apr 25, 2009

A Polish music duo plays their classical tunes on a fragile instrument.

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A set of fine wine glasses make up the harp on which Anna and Arkadiusz Szafraniec from the city of Gdansk run their fingertips.

[Anna Szafraniec, Polish Musician]:
"We have been playing together for 12 years, mostly classical music."

[Arkadiusz Szafraniec, Polish Musician]: "Our glass harp consists of 57 drinking glasses, which have been picked out of 2,000 examples. In order to get a very fine sound they should be very clean, same as our hands."

The couple generates different notes by running their wet fingertips on the glass rims.

Their repertoire consists of classical favorites as well as their own music compositions.

The "Glass Duo" is one of the few professional ensembles in the world playing on glass, but they have brought their sounds to the stages of local as well as international concert halls to the delight of the audience.

[Rimantas Andrikonis, Audience Member]:
"It's fantastic. I have never heard music played with glasses, and I am very happy. It sounded very clear and sincere, I liked it very much."

The couple constantly hunts the glass making industry to find the best shape, size and thickness of glasses to put together their harp and reach the best note.

They have to order hundreds of new glasses a year, as some of them break in the course of playing and moving the fragile instrument.

Composers such as Mozart and Beethoven composed their musical works for glass harmonica.

But by the mid 19th century, glass music disappeared from the European music scene and only saw a renaissance in modern times.


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