Which musical instrument was invented by Benjamin Franklin? Trivia Answered – 2017

Which musical instrument was invented by Benjamin Franklin? Trivia Answered




Glass harmonica




Answer: Of Benjamin Franklin’s many achievements, probably the least well-known are his accomplishments in music. In 1761, Franklin designed the glass harmonica – or armonica as its creator liked to call it – the first musical instrument “born” in America. (Not to be confused with a mouth harmonica.)









This was a modification of the old glass bowl organ, with the bowls now set sideways and overlapping, spun using a foot pedal. This new instrument became very popular, and music written expressly for the glass harmonica was composed by such legends as Mozart and Beethoven. The popularity of the instrument faded early in the nineteenth century, but it is still played occasionally today.

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