Vienna Fluteclock 1810.aif
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December 19th, 2008

A Flötenuhr (also Orgeluhr) is a precious mechanical clock, with a small organ is combined. Given time to hear music from a pen-driven roller.

Flötenuhrbaues the heyday was the late 18th out Century. Flute clocks were built for affluent, culturally sophisticated circles, educated people with appropriate art and music understanding. The finest pieces built in Vienna and Berlin. Easier flute watches were up to about 1850 in large quantities in the Black produced. They played for entertainment in guest houses.

Several well-known composers wrote works specially for this instrument, as George Frideric Handel, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Haydn, Antonio Salieri, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or Ludwig van Beethoven.

Flute watches with great restrictions than their recorded music era to consider it forced the composer to be exact instructions in execution ornamentation and tempo. The coupling of wind plant and roll can be traced back to minimum tempos and makes historical Flute clocks so interesting for issues of historical performance practice.

Recorded at "Deutsches Musikautomaten Museum Bruchsal"
Recording: Tascam HD-P2 and BEYERDYNAMIC MCE82;
Soundsystem: Pro Tools LE


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    Ohrenschmaus 3 years, 1 month ago

    Reminds me of the old city of Graz.
    Thx Ohrwurm

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    Erwin92 3 years, 4 months ago

    Thank you.

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    jdrtull 4 years, 3 months ago

    A wonderful, pristine recording of this beautiful melody on a mechanical clock: Amazing. Thank you Ohrwurm!


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