We are excited to release our first book this coming fall:
The Glass Armonica: The Music & the Madness
(6" x 9", 350 pages)
The glass armonica is a musical instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. It works on the wet finger around the wine glass idea. Very popular in Europe, even Mozart and Beethoven composed for it.
But almost immediately it developed an uncanny reputation for both Good and for Ill: Franz Mesmer used his armonica to ‘mesmerize’ his patients, but others said it caused nervous disorders and even convulsions in your pets.
Yet, glass music in general and the glass armonica in particular also seem to have attracted an inordinate number of geniuses great and small who were gripped by the ‘divine madness’ which is the source of all great Science and Art.
In The Glass Armonica: the Music & the Madness we meet these ‘divine
lunatics’, and discover the extraordinary way their lives were touched by glass music, as well as their own equally extraordinary contributions to its ongoing story, beginning with the Kama Sutra through the demise of glass music in the mid 19th century.
William Zeitler is one of the few professional glass armonica players in the world, with international performances including the Kennedy Center, with the Blue Man Group, and on the History Channel. He has also composed and recorded extensively for the glass armonica. In The Glass Armonica: the Music & the Madness William has gone to great lengths to track down first hand accounts from the 17th through 19th centuries, great swaths of which are translated into English for the first time.