Spread the big disks and you'll see animation! The pictures seem to come to life. This principle of changing frames is the basis of all movies and cartoons.
Article by N+1
3 min to read · May 24 2023
Turn the knob to play the music. To choose a melody, move the chip by changing the position of the grooves and tabs. Guess the composer by ear or by the small portrait near the chip.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
One of the most famous Russian composers. At the age of 5 he was already playing the piano, and at the age of 13 he was admitted to the Imperial Music School in St. Petersburg.
He was so talented and hardworking that at the age of 16 he wrote his first symphonic work on the plot of Alexander Ostrovsky's drama — the overture "Thunderstorm".
Pyotr Tchaikovsky changed ballet forever, making the music in a performance as important as the dance. His ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker have become masterpieces of world classics.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
He was a distinguished composer and created over 600 works including operas, symphonies, concertos, chamber music and many others. Among his most famous operatic works there are The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute.
Mozart was a versatile composer and could compose music in a variety of styles including Baroque, Classicism and Romanticism.
He was famous for his speed and ease in composing music. For example, he wrote his opera Don Giovanni in just six weeks. Mozart was not only a composer but also a talented pianist and violinist. He gave concerts and was very popular with the public.
Antonio Lucho Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Vivaldi wrote more than 500 concertos — a greater amount of concert music than any other composer in history. He composed numerous operas, cantatas, symphonies, chamber music and other works.
The cycle of four violin concerti, The Seasons, is the composer's most famous work. Each concerto is dedicated to one of the seasons — spring, summer, autumn and winter — and celebrates the beauty of each of them.
He was a priest and music conductor in the devotional church of Ospedale della Pieta in Venice.
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
One of the greatest musicians in history. He composed many melodies for piano, violin and cello. He essentially reinvented the genre of the symphony, pioneering the use of the chorus in his Ninth Symphony, something that had never been done before.
Beethoven was a talented man, but he had one peculiarity — he was deaf.
From the age of 27 he began to lose his hearing and was completely deaf by 48, but despite this he continued to compose music in his head and put it down on paper.