July 3, 2010

two men, one harp

Other than a few piano pieces for four hands, the rare occurrence of two people playing one marimba, and the concept that the Javanese Gamalan is not an ensemble but rather a single instrument, we were unaware of music that involved a musical instrument being played by more than one person at a time, until we saw, yesterday at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, one of the two violinists in "Los Verdaderos Caporales de Apatzingán" put down his fiddle, and beat on the soundbox of the harp:

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