February 2, 2014: Dennis James, Armonica
The exquisite beauty and haunting mystery of glass music has been revived internationally by Dennis James. A dedicated and imaginative devotee of music history and authentic performance practice, James presents ‘Glass-ical Musick’, his fascinating concert demonstration introducing his glass musical instrument collection. This special salon-scaled version, featuring Alex Hassan accompanying at the Dulcetone, provides a witty survey of the early history of the glass music, focusing on the development Benjamin Franklin’s 1761 invention, the glass armonica. Original 17th through 19th century compositions specifically composed for period glass instruments by such composers as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig von Beethoven, Joseph Schmittbaur and many others are interspersed throughout the program.
“In this concert, Dennis James, who is not only one of the world’s foremost glass armonica virtuosos but also an unusually diverting lecturer, introduces his instrument and plays several masterpieces of its solo repertoire. A not-to-be-missed lecture demonstration” – The New Yorker