Related Content

Related Overviews


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Music


Show Summary Details


lira organizzata

Quick Reference


Organ lyre. Obsolete str. instr. like hurdy‐gurdy, in which wooden wheel replaced bow and small org. attachment was built into body to enrich tone‐colour effects. Haydn wrote 6 concs. (of which 5 survive) c.1786 and 9 Notturnos (of which 8 survive) for 2 lire organizzate in 1788–90 for King Ferdinand IV of Naples who enjoyed playing duets with his teacher. The 2nd and 4th movts. of his Sym. No.89 in F are revs. of material used in the 5th of these concs., and the 2nd movt. of his Sym. No.100 (‘Military’) originated in 3rd conc.

Subjects: Music

Reference entries