12

Q is for…

Q is a letter leaving me in a quandary.  It is questionable whether I can have a quartet or a quintet as my musical instruments.  A string quartet is made up of two violins, one viola and one violoncello.  A quintet may also include a piano.  Any group of four or five instruments may be called a quartet or quintet.  The names derive from the Latin for the numbers four, quartus and five, quintus.

A quena may have come to my rescue.  It is a flute from South America.

10

P is for…

Pipe(s), piccolo, piano, percussion, pianola and penny whistle all begin with Letter P
Pipes, a piccolo (small flute) and penny whistles are all wind instruments.

Percussion instruments are all those which are hit.  The piano (short for pianoforte) is a percussion instrument as its strings are hit by hammers.  A pianola is a mechanical piano, which works without a pianist, using punched cards to select the notes.  It is also known as a player piano.

11

O is for…

An organ has a keyboard and pipes or reeds.  In the past bellows were operated by hand to force air through the pipes and produce the notes.  Nowadays electricity provides the power for the pump.  I mentioned an organ on my other blog.
Letter O

An oboe is a wind instrument with a double reed.  This means that the reed on its own can produce a note.  The oboe is used in an orchestra to set the pitch of the note A to which the strings tune.  It has pure overtones.

An ocarina is a small wind instrument.

Orchestra has an interesting anagram – carthorse!

For those of you who enjoyed yesterday’s video offering, here is an original song by the same musician.