Video: 'Nessun Dorma' Played on the Theremin
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 03:53 PM
Who needs human tenors? In this video, the Canadian Thereminist Peter Pringle performs "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's Turandot.
This Theremin, Pringle explains on the video, once belonged to Julius Goldberg, the partner and personal assistant of Russian inventor Leon Theremin.
"This is a 1929 RCA Theremin that was customized by Goldberg in the early 1930's and provided with lightning bolt volume and pitch antennas," he wrote. "In this video, I am using an ELECTRO-HARMONIX 'Talking Machine' on a fixed, open "AH" sound, which lends to the tone a remarkable likeness to a human tenor."
Hat tip to David Garland for sending us this video.