Exhibition: The "Stroh" Instruments - Horn-Amplified Strings
Free admission to the preview with live music
Characterised by its large aluminium horn and diaphragm amplification system, the Stroh violin was at the cutting edge of Victorian science and technology and the most significant development in string instrument design since the 1600s.
This mechanical masterpiece (patented in 1899) was employed almost universally in the early recording studios due to its loudness and directionality and later became a model for solid body electronic instruments.
Once a feature of 1920s and 30s jazz and dance bands, it has since been adopted by Transylvanian folk musicians, replicated by Burmese craftsmen and is now undergoing a revival in numerous forms of contemporary music-making.
Musician and researcher Aleksander Kolkowski will exhibit instruments from his extensive collection, including a rare Stroh cello and other horned hybrids. A detailed illustrated history along with audio-visual examples will accompany this unique display.
Includes "Picturing the Stroh Violin: The Australian Story" by Alison Rabinovici.
Preview on Friday 2nd October 6-9pm With live music by Mardyah Tucker stroh violin Free admission
Exhibition 3rd Oct. - 14th Nov. Tues. - Sun, 11am - 5:30pm £8 / £6.50 (includes entry to the museum)
Matinee Performance Sat. 14th Nov. 2:30pm Music by Nancarrow, Ketelbey, Saint-Saens a.o., Aleks Kolkowski stroh violin & Richard Cole pianola
The Musical Museum 399 High Street, Brentford Middlesex TW8 0DU Tel.: 020 8560 8108 http://www.musicalmuseum.co.uk
September 30, 2009