Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Musical Ensemble

This photograph was taken in the 1920's and shows a small band. The guys are all decked out and ready to play. It looks like four of them have stringed instruments, and one plays the piano. It never seices to amaze me the stark contrast between the mood in the pictures in the 1920's and the 1930's.

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  1. Whats that unusual guitar the man on the left is holding . It seems to have a hockey stick shaped shaft and and enough strings to cover at least 3 octaves. Does anyone know what its called?

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  2. It is a Harp Guitar I believe that it has 20 strings all together

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  3. great pik,,but is it scieces,or ceases,,hmmm?

    oldbear.

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  4. seices,sorry,!

    oldbear.

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  5. I wonder what their music sounds like...

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  6. This photo really brings back memories for me.

    My mother (who is 90) had an uncle who was an accomplished violinist. I used to love to listen to him play when I was a child.

    "Uncle John" actually worked as a machinist, but music was his real love. He played with the Rhode Island Philharmonic for years and was a well known teacher.

    He and his wife, "Aunt Eva" used to play at weddings. She used to play the piano for the silent movies in Providence, RI.

    I remember going to visit them in their old house on Federal Hill in Providence (where the Italian immagrants lived). My sister and I would sit patiently while my mother visited with her aunt, all the while, waiting for Uncle John to come home. Then we would beg them to play. He always brought tears to my eyes, especially when he played "O Sole Mio" or "Ave Maria."

    Uncle John died about 20 years ago, when he was well into his 90s, and I still miss him. At the time of his passing, he was the oldest living member of the Musicians Union in the country.

    They buried him with his violin.

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  7. I've never seen a 'harp guitar' before. I'm a musician and have played piano and guitar since I was a child, and play all the other instruments shown there as well as a host of others. (I could never get enough!)
    so I'm amazed at this instrument, and the fact that I've never even HEARD of it! Great photo!
    Nancy

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  8. They all have stringed instruments. Although the piano is technically a percussion, it has 88 strings!

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