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From glass harmonica
- Some information taken from glass harmonica after it was confused for this instrument:
The phenomenon of rubbing a wet finger around the rim of a wine goblet to produce tones is documented back to Renaissance times; Galileo considered the phenomenon (in his Two New Sciences), as did Athanasius Kircher.
a set of wine glasses (usually tuned with water) is generally known in English as "musical glasses" or "glass harp".
It can also be referred to as a "ghost fiddle".
The Irish musician Richard Puckeridge is typically credited as the first to play a such glasses (see angelic organ) by rubbing his fingers around the rims. Beginning in the 1740s, he performed in London on a set of upright goblets filled with varying amounts of water. During the same decade, Christoph Willibald Gluck also attracted attention performing in England on a similar instrument.
- An add about a cleaning product used plates and cups in the style of a glass harmonica.
- Sandra Bullock's character plays a glass harmonica as her initial talent in the move Miss Congeniality, though after her fellow contestants drink the water out of the glasses, she must find a new one.
- The Mayer from The Powerpuff Girls plays a glass harmonica in an episode in his office.
- A television commercial for Bombay Sapphire Gin featured a man playing a Christmas carol on a set of upright glasses presumably tuned with Bombay gin.
The phrase "well-loved carols come to life" is breathless marketing speak which could be improved only by the addition of an exclamation mark. Have amended to "well-known carols are performed'. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 14:56, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
- Bloch, Thomas, http://www.finkenbeiner.com/gh.html, retrieved 2007-05-22