Okay, we all know by the headline that this article has absolutely zero to do with horror. However, from a musical standpoint it’s 100% too awesome to not right about. After all, an instrument that was designed by the infamous Italian renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci has finally been built and the world is able to hear it!
Called the “viola organist”, it was built by Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki, who says that the, “… instrument has the characteristics of three we know: the harpsichord, the organ and the viola da gamba.”
The instrument looks like a grand piano and yet sounds like a stringed-instrument. It has a beautiful, slightly scratchy tone and the music that Zubrzycki plays sounds wonderful. It honestly just blows my mind that this guy took the time to fully understand da Vinci’s blueprints, created the instrument, and then presented it to the world 500 years after its inception.
The Age has a full description on the materials that went into the instrument as well as the mechanics of how it works. Below is a video showcasing the instrument at its world premiere.