oddmusic: the theremin

Theremin Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
- circa 1932

In the 1930s Leon Theremin set up a laboratory in New York. There he further developed the theremin and experimented with other electronic musical instruments. In 1930 he demonstrated ten theremins on the concert stage at Carnegie Hall, and in 1932 he conducted the first-ever electronic orchestra there, featuring the theremin and the Rhythmicon and the Fingerboard Theremin, also known as the Theremin Cello, detailed on the next page. Theremins associates during this time were societys foremost scientists, composers, and musical theorists, including composer Joseph Schillinger and famous physicist (and classical violinist) Albert Einstein.

Scan of 1932 newspaper article on the Theremin Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

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