On this week's Learning to Listen, hear examples of some of the stranger sounding instruments and techniques in classical music.
You'll hear a technique called "Bartók pizzicato" and you'll learn what "prepared piano" sounds like. And you'll hear from instruments like the "Armonica", invented by Benjamin Franklin in the 1760s; and the ondes Martenot, invented by Maurice Martenot in 1928.
Plenty of instruments didn't make the list; an organ can sound spooky. So can the theremin. Other instrumental techniques, like col legno are designed to reference sounds of bones rattling:
Here's the col legno passage in the final movement of Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz:
Watch Stephen Drury prepare a piano so he can play John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes. It takes about three hours to fully prepare the piano.
Program PlaylistCharles Gounod
Funeral March of a Marionette
Largo for Glass Armonica
Dennis James, Armonica
Henry Cowell, piano
Herbert Henk, prepared piano
Concerto for Harpsichord and String Orchestra, 1st movement
Elzbieta Chojnacka, harpsichord
Markus Stenz, conductor
Feuillet inedit no. 4
Thomas Bloch, ondes Martenot
Bernard Wisson, piano
The Devil's Trill
Gil Shaham, violin
Jonathan Feldman, piano
String Quartet no. 4, 4th movement
Black Angels, movements 1 & 2
Selections from Psycho
Erich Kunzel, cond