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The glass harmonica was invented in 1761. Mozart wrote several pieces for this instrument. The hemispherical glass bowls which rotate around a horizontal axis driven by a pedal were rediscovered only in the last decades of the 19th century. Sounds are produced by touching the rotating glasses with moistened fingertips. Today, the glass harmonica is an absolute rarity, with roughly ten professional players world-wide.

Another rather rarely encountered jewel is the verrophone (from the french word “la verre” for glass). The youngest of the glass instruments was developed only 20 years ago in Germany. Chromatically tuned glass tubes are rubbed with moistened fingers like the musical glasses, but are also struck with mallets. The lingering, atmospheric sound is highly esteemed by modern composers due to its extraordinary intensity.

The musical glasses present one of the oldest forms of making music and sounds with glasses. The instrument consists of several custom-made wine glasses. In order to get different pitches the musical glasses are filled with varying amounts of water. The musical glasses sampled by the Vienna Symphonic Library have a chromatic range from G3 to G6.

The glass instruments are rounded off by the bottles which are blown with articulations such as sustains and flutter tonguing.

ARTICULATION GROUPSTANDARD LIBRARYEXTENDED LIBRARY
GLASS HARMONICA
  • Portato, sustained
  • Half tone trills, mallet hits normal and secco, mallet glissandos
VERROPHONE
  • Staccato, sustained
  • Portato, tremolo, half tone trills, mallet hits normal and secco, chromatic mallet trills, mallet glissandos
MUSICAL GLASSES - A
    • Staccato fast and slow, portato fast and slow, sustained, tremolo, mallet single hits
    MUSICAL GLASSES - B
    • Staccato, sustained
    • Portato, tremolo, half tone trills, single hits with soft, medium, and hard mallets, mallet glissandos
    MUSICAL GLASSES - C
      • Staccato fast and slow, portato fast and slow, sustained, tremolo, mallet single hits
      BOTTLES
      • Staccato, sustained, flutter tonguing
      • Portato, sforzato

      Glass Instruments - System Requirements

      Minimum:

      • Windows 8.1/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon 64 X2
      • OSX 10.10.5, Intel Core i3
      • 7200 rpm hard drive for the sample content
      • 8 GB RAM
      • VIENNA KEY or other USB-eLicenser (e.g. a Cubase- or Nuendo-Key Soft-eLicensers and iLoks are NOT supported)
      • Free storage space for the Standard Library: 2.3 GB
      • Free storage space for the Full Library: 6.3 GB

      Recommended:

      • Windows 10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel Core i5/i7/i9/Xeon
      • macOS 10.12.6 (or higher), Intel Core i5/i7/i9/Xeon
      • 16 GB RAM
      • SSD (M2, SATA 6 or USB3/3.1, UASP Support - HFS+, APFS or NTFS formatted) for the sample content
      • AU/VST/AAX Native compatible host
      • 88 key master keyboard
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