Discover the unique sounds of music played on glass instruments. In this amazing concert, Dean Shostak showcases his skills on a glass violin, spectacular new instruments from around the world, and Benjamin Franklin's glass armonica.
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The Armonica in America
During colonial times, the social lot of the native-born musician was extremely low. Following the model of the ancient Roman Republic, which many colonialists wished to adopt, musicians were routinely counted among the least desirable elements of society. In one tabulation of civic worth, the musician was listed just one notch above the three most useless professions of all: the actor, the sausage maker and the perfumer. It was a rare occurrence for a person to make his living entirely from music in America during the eighteenth century. Most were forced to double up on their talents and offer their services in the manner of one instrumentalist who sought employment in 1767 by advertising in the Virginia Gazette that he "shaves, dresses hair and plays on the French horn."