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House of Time in Concert


Gonzalo Ruiz, oboe, and Tatiana Daubek, violin, of the ensemble House of Time.

On Sunday February 26th at 3:00pm, the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present the next concert in its annual series with a performance by the early music ensemble, House of Time. Their program, titled “Imaginary Theater: Music of Handel and Rameau,” consists of instrumental selections from the baroque opera stage.

Tickets are currently SOLD OUT, but all those interested in the program are encourage to view the concert live at 3:00pm from the comfort of their own home via the Yale School of Music’s live stream.

For more information about our artists, House of Time, you can visit their website here.

Published February 23, 2017
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The London Haydn Quartet in Concert with Eric Hoeprich


The London Haydn Quartet and Eric Hoeprich, clarinet.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments is pleased to present The London Haydn Quartet in concert with Eric Hoeprich, clarinet, on Sunday, January 15th at 3:00pm.

The ensemble will be presenting a program which includes: Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 72 No. 2; Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18 No. 2; and Weber’s Clarinet Quintet Op. 34.

Tickets for the concert are currently SOLD OUT; therefore, we encourage those interested to listen along from home via the Yale School of Music’s live stream. Click here for live stream


Published January 10, 2017
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December’s Instrument of the Month

French Table Bell (Twirler)

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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Annual Alumni Assembly Tours Collection

On Thursday, November 10th the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments hosted two tours for the annual assembly of the Yale Alumni Association. This year’s gathering focused on the arts, stressing the importance of the professional schools of art, drama, architecture, and music as integral parts of Yale’s creative environment –an environment which distinguishes it from other major universities.

The Collection’s curators led the guests through the museum’s three galleries, where discussions ranged from descriptions of treasured objects, to the Collection’s inter-disciplinary collaborations with different departments within the university. Some visitors had strong personal ties to the Collection as they reminisced on classes and tours of the past, while others found themselves in the museum for the first time.

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Published November 18, 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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Kristian Bezuidenhout in Concert

images-2The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments is delighted to present acclaimed forte-pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout in concert on Sunday, October 30th at 3:00pm. 

Bezuidenhout’s program will feature works by Beethoven and Hadyn. Seating is limited, and tickets can be purchased by visiting music-tickets.yale.edu , or calling (203) 432-0822. 

We also encourage any one interested to view the concert live from the comfort of your own home by tuning into the Yale School of Music’s live stream. Click here for live stream 

Published October 20, 2016
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October’s Featured Instrument of the Month


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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The Flanders Recorder Quartet opens the Collection’s 2016-2017 concert series


The Flanders Quartet (from left to right):
Bart Spanhove, Tom Beets, Paul Van Loey,
and Joris Van Goethem.

The  Yale Collection of Musical Instruments  opens its annual concert series on SundayOctober 2, at 3:00 pm with the celebrated Flanders Recorder QuartetAlthough tickets are no longer available (the concert is sold out!), we encourage all who are interested in the ensemble’s perfor-
mance to view the concert live via the Yale School of Music’s livestream link.

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The program, entitled Beauté parfait, or “Our Beloved Favorites,” features works from the Renaissance by Sweelinck, Dowland, and Byrd and from the Baroque by Dornel, de Boismortier, and Bach.  Listeners also will have an opportunity to hear two contemporary pieces written specifically for the quartet by Pieter Campo (b. 1980) and Sören Sieg (b. 1966). New sounds on old instruments…

On Saturday, October 1, the FRQ will participate in a memorial service honoring the woodwind maker Friedrich von Huene (1929-2016).  The service will take place at All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St, Brookline, MA, at 2:00 pm.  The Quartet will offer the major portion of its musical tribute before the service from 1:30-2:00 pm.


Friedrich von Huene in his workshop, ca. 1980, playing a flute
that he modelled after a Baroque instrument by Chevalier in the
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Friedrich von Huene was a well known instrument designer, builder, musician and teacher.  A recently published obituary about him by the Collection’s curator, Susan E. Thompson, may be found in the Fall 2016 issue of the American Recorder magazine (pp. 11-13).

American Recorder Fall 2016




Published September 26, 2016
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Collection Acquires Late-19th Century Music Box


William Purvis and the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments is pleased to announce the acquisition of a late-19th century Sublime Harmonie music box by Swiss maker Paillard.


Details of the floral inlay atop of the Sublime Harmonie music box.

The Paillard family in Ste.-Croix Switzerland pioneered many advancements of music box craftsmanship, including improvements in changing from one tune to the next, the development of interchangeable cylinders, and the patented invention of the Sublime Harmonie music comb tuning arrangement.

This ca. 1880 example is encased in rosewood with fine floral inlay decorating the top. A 17 inch cylinder is outfitted with eight selections from a variety of 19th century operas including a march from Donizetti’s La fille du régiment, the “Can-can” from Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers, and the famed “Anvil Chorus” from Verdi’s Il trovatore.

The music box was donated to the Collection by Ms. Elizabeth H. Nutt of Candia, NH, and we are grateful to her contribution to our growing collection of mechanical musical instruments, as well as to the museum as a whole.

Published July 24, 2016
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Bravo Waterbury! Visits the Collection


Calida Jones, students, and chaperones share smiles while visiting the string and woodwind gallery.

On Wednesday, July 20th, students from the Bravo Waterbury! music program were invited to spend the day working with the students and faculty of the Morse Summer Music Academy. Part of this visit included an exclusive tour of our Collection, given by Museum Intern, Sam Bobinski, and Program Coordinator, Kelly Hill. The group of more than 30 young musicians was led through the galleries and introduced to many instruments not found in schools or orchestras, such as our Russian bassoon, kits, bullock bell, and hurdy-gurdy.

“Bravo Waterbury!  is an intensive after-school music education program for students at Children’s Community School and Brass City Charter School in Waterbury, Connecticut. The program is inspired by Venezuela’s “music education miracle” known as El Sistema, a program for social change started over 30 years ago by politician and musician Jose Abreu.  In collaboration with The Leever Foundation, The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Community School and other community partners, Bravo provides music education, instruments, and mentorship to Waterbury youngsters.”
– http://www.waterburysymphony.org/bravo

Calida Jones, the program’s director, reminded the students just how lucky they were to have the opportunity to view the museum as a group, and urged the young musicians to pay respectful attention in the hopes of gaining an experience unlike any other. Following her advice, the youngster listened well. Many inquisitive remarks were met with answers or stories relating to the musical objects, and the explanations and demonstrations were earnestly appreciated.

Published July 22, 2016
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