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The reason we still care about Donovan is, of course, those deathless songs; he was a phenomenal melodicist with a clear, compelling voice. But even there, he focuses on the uninteresting parts, typing out the lyrics to even insipid ditties such as “There Is a Mountain” as though they were and remain deeply, soulfully meaningful to us. How did the lovely “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” happen? He doesn’t tell us.
Hurdy-gurdy Building a Hurdy-gurdy
But you know what, Donovan? You ARE a total dork, and that’s why I love you. And somehow the essence of that fact—and the idea that only a man with a little moondust in his brain could compose such stirring music about mermaids, fairies, and staying groovy—still shines through. And that’s why I can’t give this book less than 3 stars: one for being—in his writing if not his facts—shamefully honest, one for adapting the book as a love story (awwww), and one for ending the story in 1970. Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) 8 notturni and 5 concertos for lira organizzata, a hurdy gurdy type that featured organ pipes, also pieces for King Ferdinand of Naples. Lirnyky were categorised as beggars by the Russian authorities and fell under harsh repressive measures if they were caught performing in the streets of major cities until 1902, when the authorities were asked by ethnographers attending the 12th All-Russian Archaeological conference to stop persecuting them.
I bought this book because it was billed in the press as being one of the funniest historical fiction books of recent times. It isn't. It's perhaps difficult to imagine a plague-tale being enjoyable, but Wilson manages the balancing act between the horrors of the times and life nevertheless going on very well. I needed to be part of this family because I knew that pop success endangered my well-being in many ways. p. 164.
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tekerőlant (Hungarian). Usually two drones (sometimes three) + one or two chromatic melody strings. The broad keybox is often carved or decorated extensively.
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Tirant: a small peg set in the instrument's tailpiece that is used to control the sensitivity of the buzzing bridge I like the way he describes the road to fame. The thing that actual 'fame' was and the downside of it all and then.. the eventual decline.
Scriptores ecclesiastici de musica sacra potissimum, 3 vols., ed. Martin Gerbert (St. Blaise: Typis San-Blasianis, 1784; reprint ed., Hildesheim: Olms, 1963), 1:303. Available online at http://www.chmtl.indiana.edu/tml/9th-11th/ODOORG_TEXT.html In the eighteenth century, the term hurdy-gurdy was also applied to a small, portable barrel organ or street organ (a cranked box instrument with a number of organ pipes, a bellows and a barrel with pins that rotated and programmed the tunes) that was frequently played by poor buskers, street musicians specifically called organ grinders. Such organs require only the turning of the crank to play; the music is coded by pinned barrels, perforated paper rolls, and, more recently, by electronic modules.  The French call these organs Orgue de Barbarie ("Barbary organ"), while the Germans and Dutch say Drehorgel and draaiorgel ("turned organ"), instead of Drehleier ("turning lyre"). In Czech, the organ is called Flašinet. Leopold Mozart (1719-1789) – Die Bauern Hochzeit, a work written for 6 strings, 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 horns, hurdy gurdy and bagpipes.