glass harmonica

noun

Definition of glass harmonica 

: a musical instrument consisting of a series of rotating glass bowls of differing sizes played by touching the dampened edges with a finger

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Playing vocal tag with the eerie glass harmonica, lying on her back to sing a vocalise of erotic ecstasy, her voice bloomed with radiant allure, and Lucia was herself at last. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O18 Review: Arias and Alzheimer’s," 28 Sep. 2018 Giselle responds to sudden flourishes from the flute (or glass harmonica), as if hearing calls from the beyond. New York Times, "They’ve Come Undone: Giselle, Lucia and Romantic Madness," 10 May 2018 The use of the glass harmonica instead of the typical flute brought an unusually eerie touch to Lucia’s mad scene. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Santa Fe Opera: Apes, Bats and a Cockerel, Oh My," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of glass harmonica

1913, in the meaning defined above

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