A World-Class Musician Creates Music Using Everyday Objects
Jul 4, 2015
The glass harp, also known as musical or singing glasses, was first developed in 1741 by Richard Pockrich, an Irishman who is held to be the world's first virtuoso at the instrument. The instrument is usually only appreciated by bored dinner guests at a formal party, but it's clear to see that the possibilities are far more complex.
Petr Spatina is a musician from the Czech Republic with a very unique instrument - the glass harp. The son of a farmer from a small town, Petr taught himself to play the piano at age 7 and his parents then taught him to play the accordion. He says his father introduced him to the possibilities of musical tones produced from crystal glasses. He started practicing in earnest at around age 16 and has now been playing for well over 20 years. As you can see, he's clearly one of the most proficient glass harp players on the planet, using 32 crystal glasses filled with varying amounts of water.