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Harmonium: Overview

I had the chance to take some photos of a harmonium earlier this year. It is an instrument that I tried my hand playing, gaining some proficiency, but it did not engage me at the deepest level. Especially at the time when academic priorities of O level examinations won over, I never played it really thereafter. So the opportunity to take some photos also got me looking closer at this middle 19th century wind instrument from Europe. In the first version, the instrument stood on a heavy frame, minus the bellow we see today, but with foot pedals. By the second half of the 19th century, the harmonium made an entry into the Indian sub-continent through the (not entirely clear which of the two) European traders or British colonial circles. It chose its heart to be in Kolkata (then Calcutta), before it found its way into rest of the sub-continent.

 

The keys are on the left side, both the black and the laminated ones. Pressing the keys make them pivot above a point somewhere below the wooden strip in the middle. The wire form springs keep them in place, screwed down with captive washers.

Harmonium: Overview

I had the chance to take some photos of a harmonium earlier this year. It is an instrument that I tried my hand playing, gaining some proficiency, but it did not engage me at the deepest level. Especially at the time when academic priorities of O level examinations won over, I never played it really thereafter. So the opportunity to take some photos also got me looking closer at this middle 19th century wind instrument from Europe. In the first version, the instrument stood on a heavy frame, minus the bellow we see today, but with foot pedals. By the second half of the 19th century, the harmonium made an entry into the Indian sub-continent through the (not entirely clear which of the two) European traders or British colonial circles. It chose its heart to be in Kolkata (then Calcutta), before it found its way into rest of the sub-continent.

 

The keys are on the left side, both the black and the laminated ones. Pressing the keys make them pivot above a point somewhere below the wooden strip in the middle. The wire form springs keep them in place, screwed down with captive washers.

comments (9)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 May 2019, 07:09
A very interesting angle Ayush
I remember a friend having one in their home and as kids playing on it

Much used in chapels I believe.

I like your picture
What an interesting picture Ayush, occasionally one comes axcross one of these in a country church but I doubt they are played any more.
I love your depth of field and point of view - Very nice!
It may have been fun for you if you'd taken it up later...
So I just Googled this, Ayush,and am really getting my education! I have never heard of such a thing. WOW. My mom was an organ player (as well as a piano player) and would really have loved playing this, I know.
i didn't know you were a musician, Ayush! how lovely! As is this picture...
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 May 2019, 11:33
This inner workings of the harmonium, makes an excellent picture.
I've heard about Harmoniums, Ayush, but have never seen one. You've given us a great closeup view here.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 23 May 2019, 02:50
an exceptional image of this old instrument

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