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December’s Instrument of the Month

French Table Bell (Twirler)

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French Table Bell
Gift of Robyna Nielson Ketchum

This month, the Collection of Musical Instruments is displaying a whimsical Twirler Table Bell as its featured instrument of the month.  Made from stamped copper plates, it has a mechanical clapper that is operated by “twirling” the pointed, brass handle on top.  Turquoise and coral gemstones adorn the bell’s sides and top.

Come to 15 Hillhouse Avenue to view the bell in person or check it out online in our Digital Collection.

Published December 4, 2016
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November’s Instrument of the Month

This month the staff of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments is delighted to display examples of the Paul Munier Collection of Military Snare Drumsticks as the Featured Instruments of the Month.

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Examples from the Paul Munier Collection of Military Snare Drumsticks.

Three pairs have been selected from his collection of sixty which highlight the various sizes, shapes, and materials used to construct drumsticks. One pair of solid steel practice drumsticks was used by F.G. Holt, a snare drummer in John Philip Sousa’s band. Another pair of Holt’s sticks are the “Tru Balance” model, hand turned by prominent drumstick manufacturer, George B. Stone & Sons, Inc. The third pair is made from the tropical hardwood cocobolo of Central America.

Come to 15 Hillhouse Avenue to view the three pairs of drumsticks in person. Or, visit our online Digital Collection to see the entire collection of drumsticks that Mr. Munier presented to Yale in 2012.

Published November 3, 2016
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October’s Featured Instrument of the Month

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The shofar made of animal horn.

After a brief hiatus, we are pleased to resume presentation of the Featured Instrument of the Month with the display of a shofar, a Hebrew ritual horn constructed from the naturally hollowed horn of an animal, such as a ram or kudu.

Since the instrument lacks any keys or fingerholes, the shofar’s pitch is controlled only by the player’s embouchure. It is used primarily in Jewish religious services, and is blown every weekday morning in the month of Elul leading up to Rosh Hashanah (Sunday, October 2nd – Tuesday, October 4th), as well as at the end of Yom Kippur (Tuesday, October 11th – Wednesday, October 12th).

Visit the Collection during October to see the instrument in person, or click here to learn more through our digital collection.

Published October 5, 2016
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May’s Instrument of the Month

May’s featured instrument of the month is a Buddhist temple block. Also known as a Muyu or Mokugyo, this percussive block was used in Buddhist ceremonies, specifically to provide a rhythm for recitation.

More information can be found here or by visiting the museum in person.

Buddhist Temple Block

Buddhist Temple Block

Published May 1, 2016
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April’s Instrument of the Month

April’s instrument of the month is our signal horn of silver and highly polished animal horn.

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More information on the signal horn can be found here, or by visiting the Collection in person.

 

Published April 1, 2016
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March’s Instrument of the Month

This month’s featured instrument is our Sudanese Sansa.

The Sansa (also known as a thumb piano or mbira) was popular in many regions of the African continent. Categorized as a 1325-01-medlamellophone, the metal tongues are plucked by the thumbs of the player, and the metal rings around them produce the instrument’s characteristic buzzing sound.

Visit the Collection to view the instrument in person, or click here for more information.

 

Published March 1, 2016
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February’s Instrument of the Month

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Japanese ryuteki

February’s instrument of the month just returned to the Collection after its stint in the exhibit “Samuri and the Culture of Japan’s Great Peace” at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

The ryuteki is a transverse flute made of bamboo which was often used in performances of gagaku, or Japanese classical music of the imperial court.

Stop by before the end of the month to view the instrument on display, or click here for more information.

 

 

Published February 5, 2016
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New Exhibit features the Andrew F. Petryn Collection

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On January 19, 2016, the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments opened a new exhibit featuring exceptional instruments and bows from the Andrew F. Petryn Collection.

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The display comprises a quinton, pochette, violoncello, hurdy-gurdy and four violin bows (a pair by the pre-eminent French archetier François Tourte and individual bows by Simon Pierre and François Nicholas Voirin).

Most notably, however, are the two prized violins crafted by two of the finest representatives of the Cremonese school of violin making: Nicolò Amati and Andrea Guarneri.

AniAccompanying the opening of the exhibit was a concert featuring YSM faculty Ani Kavafian, violin; Arthur Haas, harpsichord; and Wei-Yi Yang, piano. Ms. Kavafian demonstrated the remarkable sonorous abilities of the two instruments, as well as their differences of sound, tone, and vibrancy through the works of Bach and Debussy.

The exhibit was organized by curators Susan E. Thompson and Nicholas Renouf.  Members of the museum’s staff who assisted in the installation include Kelly Hill, Program Coordinator, Sam Bobinski, Museum Intern, and Yurie Mitsuhashi, Student Assistant. The Petryn Collection may be viewed during public visiting hours: Tuesday-Friday, 1:00-4:00; Sunday, 1:00-5:00.

All photos by Kaifeng Wu of the Yale Daily News.

Published February 1, 2016
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December’s Instrument of the Month

American Strap of Sleigh Bells

American Strap of Sleigh Bells

It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you.

December’s featured instrument of the month is our set of sleigh bells from the Robyna Neilson Ketchum Collection. The set comprises of 9 brass bells attached to a leather strap.

Stop by to view them on display, or click here for photos and more information.

Published December 1, 2015
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November’s Instrument of the Month

 

3524-01-medNovember’s instrument of the month, the Couénophone, is a free-reed instrument, similar in shape to a bell-less saxophone. Otherwise known as a “Goofus,” this instrument was prominent during the Age of Jazz, and performed on by such groups as The Goofus Five.

Stop by to see the Couénophone on display in our foyer, or click here for photos and more information.

 

Published November 1, 2015
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