Leonardo Da Vinci’s imagined instrument


Leonardo-Da-Vinci, artist conception

Cue the Viola Organista. It’s a combination cello and piano. It has sustain.

Famed Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci detailed a design for a new instrument in his Codex Altanticus. But it never moved beyond his sketchbook.

Now, more than 500 years later Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has built and played the inventor’s viola organista.

Courtesy of PRI’s The World
Also check out the article at TheAge.com.

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Viola Organista‘s strings are played like a cello. Photo: Tomasz Wiech/AFP

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