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Spring Celebration of Music

Thursday, March 21, 2019,

  • Location: Wilson Music Library • 2400 Blakemore Avenue • Nashville, TN 37212

Since 2015, the Anne Potter Wilson Music Library has held a Spring Celebration of Music that allows participants to interact with music technology. In previous years, we have played acoustic 78s on our Victrola and invited participants to record on wax cylinders. This year’s celebration features the Theremin, a 20th century electronic instrument controlled without physical contact.

Invented by Russian Lev Sergeyevich Termen in the 1920s, the Theremin is played by the placement of the player’s hands in relation to two antennae. One hand controls pitch, the other volume, with the electric signals routed through an amplifier to speakers. The Theremin is versatile instrument, featured in avant-garde compositions by Edgard Varèse, Joseph Schillinger, Anis Fuleihan, and Alfred Schnittke, but also in film and television soundtracks (The Day the Earth Stood Still, Spell Bound, The Lost Weekend, and, most recently, Midsomer Murders).

The campus community is invited to join us in the Wilson Music Library on Thursday, 3/21, from 3-5 pm as we celebrate the Theremin. Blair Senior Lecturer Emelyne Bingham will be giving demonstrations of the instrument, and we will have a Theremin available for participants to try out. Since the Theremin is closely associated with sci-fi, we will be serving space-age snacks from the 1960s. We hope to see you there! 

For more information, contact Sara Manus.

Gregor Hohenberg, photograph of Barbara Buchholz playing the model TVox theremin by George Pavlov, 9 January, 2008

Gregor Hohenberg, photograph of Barbara Buchholz playing the model TVox Theremin by George Pavlov, 9 January, 2008