panharmonicon


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panharmonicon

(ˌpænhɑːˈmɒnɪkɒn)
n
(Instruments) a mechanical instrument that imitates orchestral sounds
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In the 1820s, he toured New York with his "panharmonicon" that played all the instruments of an entire military band; a life-size trumpeter; rope-dancing automatons; singing bird boxes; a Turk chess-player; speaking dolls and the Conflagration of Moscow, a moving panorama recalling the events of October 1812.
- The author's "Epilogue: Orchestral Alchemy" strives to pull all of the various and colorful threads of her narrative together with a reference to Johann Nepo-muk Maelzel's panharmonicon. She speculates that curtains obscuring two drums in the machine from view might point to a desire on the part of the designer to keep them hidden, in order to create an aura of mystery around the instruments.
In response to Unitarian homiletic discourse, for example, Emerson sought to develop his verbal skills through an inclusive approach to all modes of speech, especially by analogy to the organ-like panharmonicon. He naturally drew on Milton's conception of inspired language in Church-Government and An Apology and noted as well that Milton had used the whole spectrum of language from pastoral to polemic, including even invective and scurrilous language.