The main thing I find admiring about Leonardo da Vinci is the fact that he is well rounded polymath. A quality the rest of us peasants could only dream of. Recently, a Polish musician a Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki debuted an instrument based on Da Vinci’s amazing sketches called the viola organista. Zubrzycki was reported to put in 5000 hours of physical effort to put the instrument together. You can read more at the Sydney Morning Herald,“Leonardo Da Vinci’s wacky piano“ where Zubrzycki describes: “This instrument has the characteristics of three we know: the harpsichord, the organ and the viola da gamba,” and playing it, which involves hitting keys connected to “spinning wheels wrapped in horse-tail hair,” and turning those wheels by pumping a pedal below the keyboard, produces exciting unusual waves of cello-like sounds.
If you like to know more about viola organista and the great pianist who brings Da Vinci’s creation into reality, you can have a look at his website here.