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Of Note for Tuesday, September 22, 2015: Introducing the Baryton

Some of Joseph Haydn’s most interesting works are those written for baryton, a little-known instrument with six strings and a very wide, hollow neck which contains nine or ten brass or steel strings that may either be plucked or left to sympathetically vibrate while the principal strings are played. It was one of the favorite instruments of Mozart’s father, Leopold, who likened its sound to the “soft humming of bees.” Tune in to Tuesday’s show as we explore Haydn’s Baryton Divertimenti and the beautiful sounds of this intriguing instrument.

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