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Episode 1: The Theremin

Episode 1: The Theremin

Playing tracks by

Bernard Herrmann, Saint-Saens, Anis Fuleihan and Miklós Róza.

This show explores the Theremin - widely regarded as the first electronic musical instrument. Cited as “where it all began”, the Theremin burst onto the scene after its near-accidental invention; originally conceived in 1920 as a household alarm system. Curious musicians attracted to its novel sound picked up the Theremin; although it received scathing reviews amongst the established music community. Indeed it was more often viewed as a magical toy than musical instrument. Eventually the Theremin found a niche outside the concert halls and in the cinema house; featured in film scores, notably the sci-fi genre, and ultimately out-living it critical debut.