Saturday 6 November: Theremin concert and workshop in our museum

11-12 h Theremin concert with Wieslaw Pipczynski and Tabia Stoffel

Ticket 20.-. Reservation on anlaesse@klingende-sammlung.ch

14-17 h Theremin workshop with Wieslaw Pipczynski

Participation 50.-. Registration at mail@klingendes-museum-bern.ch
Please indicate whether you are a beginner or already have playing experience.

The Theremin – first presented exactly 101 years ago!

The Theremin is one of the earliest electronic musical instruments. On August 5 1920, its inventor Lev Sergeyevich Termen presented it as «Êtherophon». Termen (1896-1993) was an electrical engineer and cellist. In 1922, he was allowed to present his invention to Lenin, who played with the help of Termen Michail Glinka's song «The Lark». Subsequently, Termen travelled through Europe and the USA with concerts which he called «Music from the Ether».

Distant Playing

The Theremin, as the instrument later was called, is the most famous musical instrument that is played without any touch. With the hands the electric fields of the two antennas are influenced. On the right the pitch (the closer the hand gets to the antenna, the higher the tone), on the left the volume (the closer, the quieter). To play in tune on the Theremin you have to stand still and be able to move your hands in a very controlled and independent way – not easy!

Wieslaw Pipczynski
Wieslaw Pipczynski