Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Thursday, 12 July 2012
The collection has samples of just about every sort of European classical instrument from about the mid-16th century onwards - anything you can blow, pluck, strum or bash to make music seems to be there, from shawms, sackbuts and rebecs to the actual pianos used by Brahms and Mahler (indeed the later collection seems to be very piano-heavy - inevitably, because that's the instrument that developed and changed more recently, and of course takes up most space); this being Vienna, there are also ingenious tables that convert into music stands for up to a quartet. Though the collection itself is firmly behind ropes and glass, there are hands-on modern examples of the action of different keyboard instruments (I rather fancied the sound of a spinettino, which is also conveniently small for a flat like mine).
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