Bosanquet's Enharmonic Harmonium

Made:
1872-1873 in London
maker:
Robert Holford Macdowall Bosanquet

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Bosanquet's enharmonic harmonium, c1876. Enharmonic harmonium with 4 1/2 octaves tuned in 53 equal temperaments with 84
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Keyboard of Bosanquet's enharmonic harmonium, c1876. Enharmonic harmonium with 4 1/2 octaves tuned in 53 equal
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bosanquet's Enharmonic harmonium (4 1/2 octaves tuned in 53 equal temperaments with 84 keys per octave ), designed by R H M Bosanquet and constructed by T A Jennings of Hackney Road, London in 1872-3.

Enharmonic harmonium with 4 1/2 octaves tuned in 53 equal temperaments with 84 keys per octave, designed by R H M Bosanquet (1841-1912) of St John's College, Oxford, and constructed by T A Jennings of Hackney Road, London in 1872-3. Bosanquet’s research into musical intervals and temperaments was influential in determining the design of keyboards for modern musical instruments.

Details

Category:
Acoustics
Object Number:
1876-473
Materials:
copper (alloy), ebonite, ivory, steel (metal), textile, wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
Closed overall: 1420 mm x 1090 mm x 1090 mm, 173 kg
Open overall: 1450 mm x 1090 mm x 1090 mm, 173 kg
type:
musical instrument
credit:
Donated by R H M Bosanquet
status:
Permanent collection

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