This is a Harmonipan player. Harmonipans, made in Germany, where widely used during the 1900’s at the time of the Mexican ruler, Porfirio Diaz. There are some on the streets still, not that many and they are easy to spot downtown, at fairs, plaza squares or were there is people gathering. They play waltzes and classical music mainly.
One of these was sold at Christie’s for $15,121 US in 2000. These harmonipans players for sure don’t know how much they could get for one. The only problem is that then we would miss them on the streets. See here the bid at Christie’s
Today is the birth aniversary of Pablo Moncayo, 100th years ago.
I will not get you bored with details, so I will go quick, He was born today minus 100 years. (let’s see that math of yours 🙂 )
He wrote Huapango a master piece that totally represents mexicans. It is contemporary music, so if you are a little bit into Classical, you will get to like it.
It is not dull at all, on the contrary, it has flute and trompet dialogs, harps talking to each other and percussions that lead the rest of the instruments triumphantly!
Lets make a deal. Click on the video and listen to it while you browse other’s blogs. You will like it I promise or else, the refund of the post. 🙂