Tagged with Marianne Davies

Franklin’s Glass Harmonica in Action

I did a post some time back on Marianne Davies who was something of a protege and performed across Europe with her soprano sister, but it is rare to actually hear it played. So enjoy this lovely sound. It seems perfect choice for Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Or music about any fairy. http://www.openculture.com/2016/06/hear-the-instrument-benjamin-franklin-invented-the-glass-armonica-play-tchaikovskys-dance-of-the-sugar-plum-fairy.htmlContinue reading

Falling from Fame

I have been unearthing the story of the Davies sisters for a few weeks now, and it is a truly astounding one. Marianne or Mary Anne, was born in London in 1745 and soon became a musical prodigy on harpsichord before discovering Franklin’s glass harmonica and becoming a virtuoso on it. She taught her sister … Continue reading