Name of Instrument:
Ondes-Martenot, also called ondes musicales, first successful type of electronic instrument. Some orchestras still use this instrument to this day.
Electronic, based on the ideas of Leon Termen, the inventor of the Theremin.
Maurice Martenot, a radio telegraphist and cellist. He later on gave lessons at the Paris Conservatoire on how to play the ondes-martenot.
The earliest model received its patent on April 2, 1928. In its early form, the player controls the pitch by moving his hands near or away from a wire. Composers such as Samuel Barber and Olivier Messiaen composed music for the ondes martenot.
Later forms used a keyboard with a wire stretched across it, the player changed the pitch by touching the wire. Another version controlled the pitch by using the keyboard itself. See an image of the ondes-martenot.
Luciole, Composition by Christine Ott for 2 Ondes-Martenot
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