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Old 06-19-2004, 09:06 PM
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What´s this musical instrument with a crank on its side?

I was browsing Loreena McKennitt´s web site and I took a look at the video The "Mummers Dance"; on the video, arond the 20 seconds mark there´s a guy sitting, cranking an odd musical instrument (I suppose), what is it?



P.S: I´m a big fan of Loreena´s music.
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Old 06-19-2004, 09:10 PM
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couldnT view the video, but ut's probably a hurdy gurdy.
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Old 06-19-2004, 09:12 PM
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A hurdy gurdy?
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Old 06-19-2004, 09:18 PM
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Yeah... looks like it.

Now, how the heck is that played???

Quote from Mr. Blue Sky link:

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A late 18th century French guitar shaped Hurdy Gurdy, fully chromatic over two octaves with six strings. It has a trompette in c, a petit bourdon in C, a gross bourdon in G, a mouche in g and 2 chanterelles in g' which can be played independently.
That´s mostly Greek to me, trompette?, petit bourdon?? and a gross one to boot.
Is this some kind of musical instruments combo?
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Old 06-19-2004, 09:29 PM
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How a Hurdy Gurdy works
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Is this some kind of musical instruments combo?
More than you ever needed to know
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Old 06-19-2004, 10:27 PM
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Now I get the picture... but I´m not sure of how it sounds, could it be the dronning instrument at the begining of the song?

By the way, I just checked the booklet in the "Book of Secrets" CD and the hurdy-gurdy player is Nigel Eaton.
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Old 06-19-2004, 10:34 PM
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Now I get the picture... but I´m not sure of how it sounds, could it be the dronning instrument at the begining of the song?

By the way, I just checked the booklet in the "Book of Secrets" CD and the hurdy-gurdy player is Nigel Eaton.
Very likely. This site has a link to a sound sample:

http://s-hamilton.k12.ia.us/antiqua/hurdy.htm

Good for playing while singing songs of love ...
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Old 06-19-2004, 10:53 PM
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...and here's a few more hurdy-gurdy sound files.
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Old 06-20-2004, 11:05 AM
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...and here's a few more hurdy-gurdy sound files.

Why, thank you; this instrument sounds a lot like a strings bagpipe. I like it.
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Old 06-20-2004, 11:47 AM
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Wow! I had no idea this instrument existed!

If it's called the hurdy-gurdy, how did that name come to be associated with the whole organ-grinder-and-monkey thing?

(Organ-grinders I only know from old Bugs Bunny cartoons, so is that a case of a stereotype that was dying even when the cartoons were made?)

(Loreena... :: swoons :: )
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Old 06-20-2004, 12:23 PM
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Build a hurdy gurdy for under $20.00

I've played one that a friend has. They're fun!
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Old 06-20-2004, 01:19 PM
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Very likely. This site has a link to a sound sample:

http://s-hamilton.k12.ia.us/antiqua/hurdy.htm

Good for playing while singing songs of love ...
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Old 06-20-2004, 01:20 PM
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If it's called the hurdy-gurdy, how did that name come to be associated with the whole organ-grinder-and-monkey thing?

(Organ-grinders I only know from old Bugs Bunny cartoons, so is that a case of a stereotype that was dying even when the cartoons were made?)
The organ grinder played a barrel organ, not a hurdy-gurdy. Though both are played by turning a crank, the hurdy-gurdy is a stinged instrument, while the barrel organ has a bellows that pumps air through reeds or pipes. Also, the barrel organ is limited to the songs stored on the barrel (like a music box), while the hurdy-gurdy is actually played by the musician.
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Old 06-20-2004, 06:36 PM
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What´s this musical instrument with a crank on its side?

A jack-in-the-box?
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Old 06-21-2004, 12:45 AM
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Did Sting have one at the Grammys (Grammies?)?
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Did Sting have one at the Grammys (Grammies?)?

Yes
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Old 06-21-2004, 02:33 AM
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Did Sting have one at the Grammys (Grammies?)?
I didn't see the Grammys, but he certainly played the hurdy-gurdy at the 2004 Academy Awards (aka Oscars).
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