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When Hurdy-Gurdies Were Used In Monasteries
« on: July 12, 2016, 08:38:13 AM »
Now this is quite interesting:

The organistrum is an early form of hurdy-gurdy that originated in northern Spain as an instrument used for singing instruction in monastic settings. Generally considered the ancestor of all subsequent hurdy-gurdies, the organistrum differs substantially from later instruments in that it was played by two individuals: one turned the crank while the other pulled the keys upward to change the musical pitch of the melody strings.

They were apparently invented in the late 9th century.
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