ondes Martenot


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ondes Martenot

(ɔ̃d mɑːtəˈnəʊ)
n
(Instruments) music an electronic keyboard instrument in which the frequency of an oscillator is varied to produce separate musical notes
[C20: French, literally: Martenot waves, invented by Maurice Martenot (1898–1980)]
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of the extra-terrestial Ondes Martenot part was an absolutel joy, swooping, popping and gurgling with more personality and presence than I have ever heard.
From his symphonic repertoire, perhaps the key works are Visage nuptial(1946-1989) for soprano, alto, ondes martenot, piano and percussion, an example of Boulez's famous "works in progress" which has spawned several subsequent versions: Visage nuptial (2nd version)(1951) for soprano, alto, female chorus and orchestra; and a definitive version (1985-1989) for soprano, mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra, alongside Eclat Multiples(1966-1970), Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna for orchestra in 8 groups (1974-1975), Notations I-IV for full orchestra (1980) and Notations VII for orchestra (1989).
We decided to focus on a talk about particular instruments that people are not used to seeing or hearing, including the Oud, saz, shamizen, bagpipes, orgues de barbarie, spinet, ondes Martenot, electronic and 'toy' instruments.
Sa'id purposefully uses monophonic sounds, the kind generated by early electronic instruments--the theremin, the ondes Martenot, and analog synths.
The ondes Martenot will be played in this production by Cynthia Millar, who performed on the instrument last fall with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Tiersen's music is recognized by its use of a large variety of instruments in relatively minimalist compositions, often with a touch of either European classical music or French folk music, using primarily the piano, accordion or violin together with instruments like the melodica, xylophone, toy piano, ondes martenot, harpsichord and typewriter.
Researching the weird and wonderful instrument, made up of 54 specially-tuned glass rods, led Hawley on to other leftfield instruments such as the ondes Martenot (a very early electronic instrument), the glass harmonica, which sounds like rubbing a wet finger around the rim of a crystal glass, and Tibetan singing bowls.
There he studied under, among others, Arthur Honegger and Joseph Martenot, inventor of the electronic Ondes Martenot beloved of Olivier Messiaen.
Albarn's band includes a glass harmonica, an ondes Martenot - the 1920s electronic instrument made famous by science fiction scores, and Chinese instruments like the pipa, a type of lute.
Manning precedes the first chapter with background information on activities and developments from the turn of the century to 1945, describing some initial attempts at electronic sound generation, including such exotica as the Dynamophone (measuring in at 60 feet and 200 tons) and the Givelet (a precursor to the Hammond Organ), as well as the more familiar and established ondes martenot and theremin.
So we come to the famous Ondes Martenot, that Heath Robinson-like instrument which transports us to the stars.
Pianist Joanna MacGregor and Cynthia Millar, a specialist in the early electronic keyboard the ondes Martenot, will join the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for a concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall.