The Self-Playing Violins That Mastered Chopin

media violin chopin eighth wonder of the worldThe robotic Phonoliszt-Violin was dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World” in 1910.

A creation of the Hupfeld Company, at the time the largest global distributor of automatic instruments with an employee count reaching into the thousands, the creation capped off a growing trend to automate increasingly complex musical instruments. Though player pianos had already attained widespread usage, the Phonoliszt-Violin was revolutionary for its addition of a self-playing violin component, earning it the title of “Eighth Wonder of the World” at the 1910 Brussels International world’s fair. Full story.

Michael Waters (Atlas Obscura) / June 14, 2017

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