Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Viola Organista' Built In Real Life, Looks Like Piano, Sounds Like A String Orchestra

November 22, 2013


These are a couple videos of Leonardo Da Vinci's (previously only conceptual) Viola Organista being played in real life. The instrument was built by Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki from a drawing Da Vinci made almost 500 years ago. 500 years ago -- can you even imagine that? Most of us weren't even born then. "None of us were born by then." Ha, you think witches and wizards don't read Geekologie? I know at lease one old sorcerer who uses Geekologie as his homepage. Makes him feel younger. "You stole my owl." SHUT YOUR FACE, ARCHIBALD.

Hit the jump for a brief news report, and a long video of the thing being played.

Thanks to Broseph, who's convinced Da Vinci was a time traveler. Or at least a dream walker.

  • MJ Chen

    A step up from the hurdy-gurdy.

  • Idlethoughts

    Oh man I've been saying one of these should exist since I was like ten. Bowing was the only major kind of instrument without a keyboard equivalent, Persecution: The Piano, Brass/Woodwinds: The Pipe Organ, Stringed Pizzicato: The Harpsichord, and now at last for Stringed Arco: The Viola Organista. Thank you once again Leonardo.

  • MusicOfSDG

    More of a Viola de Gamba and looks like a harpsichord, but hey, GW isn't a music major

  • Ry Keener

    I want to hear "Flight of the Bumblebee"

  • Grindzombie

    After the Xzibit "Pimp my Voila Organista" episode I see...

  • Bubbubsky

    That Leonardo guy, he was pretty special, huh?

  • MustacheHam

    Such a beautiful sound, it does slightly have the sound o' a string instrument.

  • Jenness

    This is absolutely magical. This is an incredible concept done today - but I'm at a loss for 500 years years ago. Superfrajalisticexpealidoshus-cent? LOL

  • kristopher

    Wow, I love it.

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