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January 21, 2010 6:19 AM   Subscribe

Andrey Vinogradov has got the Russian hurdy gurdy you want. . 4,091 views. 2,635 views. 853 views. 5 views.
posted by flapjax at midnite (16 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
The hurdy gurdy, previously.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:21 AM on January 21, 2010


True fact: Charles Babbage hated hurdy gurdies!
posted by moonmilk at 6:28 AM on January 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


I didn't know what "hurdy gurdy" was or why the Russians have it, but on listening to some of this, yes. In hindsight, it is clear that this is just the Russian hurdy gurdy I wanted.
posted by mhoye at 7:04 AM on January 21, 2010


I was once bitten by the hurdy gurdy mans monkey. All I tried to do was give the little bastard a nickel, which was a lot of money for a monkey back in the mid 1960's. (Not this guy, but close.) Neat post, though, so thanks FJ@M.
posted by Daddy-O at 7:19 AM on January 21, 2010


But I don't want a Russian hurdy gurdy!
posted by Reverend John at 7:21 AM on January 21, 2010


Hurdy Gurdy Hare
posted by Daddy-O at 7:23 AM on January 21, 2010


You know, I've been hearing since I was a wee music nerd that the Rite of Spring was based on Russian folk music — but I've gotta say, that first link is the first time I've ever heard Russian folk music that sounded anything like it.

It's not just the drone, although that helps. It's the crooked phrasing — three- or four- or five-bar phrases instead of just four, four, four, four all the time — and the trick which Stravinsky loved of repeating a phrase with a few notes added or taken away each time to make a larger melody.

Anyway, this has made my inner wee music nerd very happy. Thanks!
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:44 AM on January 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


ha, I just happened to post a picture of a fellow named Harry Dubin posing as an old New York City hurdy gurdy man on my blog. someone might get a kick out of it:

posted by jeffisme at 8:19 AM on January 21, 2010


OK make with the links on building one of these.
posted by cmoj at 9:56 AM on January 21, 2010


OK make with the links on building one of these.

Here you go!

I've been wanting to build one for years. *lurvs the hurdy gurdy*
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 11:04 AM on January 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


The hurdy gurdy is easily my favorite archaic European instrument.

(NOT CRUMHORNIST)
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:19 AM on January 21, 2010


As soon as I saw "Russian hurdy gurdies" I was looking for the NSFW tag.
posted by crapmatic at 11:46 AM on January 21, 2010


Build a hurdy gurdy for $20.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 5:06 PM on January 21, 2010


Monkeys? Don't confuse this guy with the "Organ Grinder"!

What a great instrument, I can't wait to build one and busk with it...Kick Ass!
posted by snsranch at 5:15 PM on January 21, 2010


565,000+ views
posted by leotrotsky at 7:20 PM on January 21, 2010


565,000+ views

Thanks, leotrotsky. I'd have included that one for sure, but, that would've made this FPP a double...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:32 PM on January 21, 2010


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