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Stringed instruments

According to a hand-written label inside the instrument, this was the violin of Leopold Mozart. He became a violinist at the court of the...
Violine
Zugeschrieben an: Simon Johann Havelka
The body was produced from a single piece of wood in a trough construction, similar to that of feeding troughs or dugouts. The result is a relatively...
Rebecchino
Hersteller: anonym
Of the few extant Renaissance liras, a string instrument played while held in the arms, this example from Vienna is the most beautiful. Recently...
Lira da braccio
Hersteller: Giovanni d'Andrea
The lovely sound that gives the instrument its name arises from the vibration of the sympathetic strings running under the fingerboard.
Viola d' amore
Hersteller: anonym
Maria Theresia bought this violin, made of rare and translucent tortoise-shell, for the Treasury on March 6, 1749. Wenzel Kowansky, known only as a...
Violine
Hersteller: Wenzel Kowansky
Violine
Hersteller: Franz Geissenhof
Violoncello
Hersteller: Giovanni Battista Grancino
Violine
Hersteller: Carl Zach
Diskantgambe
Hersteller: Francesco Linarol
Diskantgambe
Hersteller: Antonio Ciciliano
Baßgambe
Hersteller: Antonio Ciciliano
 

Plucked instruments

This theorbo with the characteristics of a cittern was shaped in the form of an ancient lyra. It could be used as a stage prop and as a musical...
Lyra-Cister
Hersteller: anonym
Archduke Ferdinand of Tirol, the great-grandson of Emperor Maximilian I, established an outstanding art collection at Ambras Castle. The most...
Altlaute
Hersteller: Georg Gerle
Chitarrone
Hersteller: Magnus Tiefenbrucker
Playing a guitar in keys that are very different from the key in which the guitar was originally tuned brings increasing difficulties in intonation....
Gitarre
Hersteller: Alexandre Voboam
Aus einer Chitarra battente umgebautes Instrument
Hersteller: Matthäus Seelos
Kontragitarre
Hersteller: Johann Anton Stauffer
Pedalharfe
Hersteller: Franz Brunner
Baßcister
Hersteller: anonym
 

Keyboard instruments

Emperor Ferdinand Is motto, SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI, painted on the spinet may refer to the transiency of sounds. On the other hand, the unusual...
Spinett
Hersteller: Anton Meidting
The strings of this wing-shaped spinet (small harpsichord) are plucked by a quill. Built in Italy, this instrument comes from Ambras Castle. It...
Spinettino
Hersteller: anonym
Claviorganum
Zugeschrieben an: Servatius Rorif
In contrast to the harpsichord, whose strings run horizontally, the clavicytherium is strung vertically. For this plucked instrument the Düsseldorf...
Clavicytherium
Hersteller: Martin Kaiser
Cembalo
Hersteller: Joseph Salodiensis
Joannes Daniel Dulcken was, except for the Ruckers family, considered to be the leading exponent of Flemish harpsichord making. In contrast to most...
Cembalo
Hersteller: Joannes Daniel Dulcken
Pianoforte pour la parfait Harmonie
Zugeschrieben an: Johann Jakob Könnicke
Orgelklavier
Hersteller: Frantz Xaver Christoph
Orgelpositiv
Zugeschrieben an: Franz Walter
Hammerflügel
Hersteller: André Stein
Hammerflügel mit oberschlägiger Mechanik
Hersteller: Johann Baptist Streicher
The world fairs and industrial exhibitions held regularly during the 19th century provided manufacturers with an opportunity to compare their...
Hammerflügel
Hersteller: Fa. Bösendorfer
Hammerflügel
Hersteller: Ludwig Bösendorfer
Hammerflügel
Hersteller: Fa. Bösendorfer
 

Wind instruments

Baßkrummhorn
Hersteller: Jörg Wier
Jörg Neuschel (actually Jörg Stengel) was the adopted son of Hans Neuschel, who became prominent by being portrayed and mentioned in the captions...
Tenorposaune
Hersteller: Joerg Neuschel
In the Renaissance much value was placed on instruments that imitated the human voice. For this reason, all different voice ranges were represented...
Tartölt
Hersteller: anonym
Nuremberg has been one of the most important centres for instrument-making ever since the Renaissance. One of the most significant instrument-makers...
Fanfarentrompete
Hersteller: Anton Schnitzer
Technical advances in the 16th century woodwind instrument construction made it possible to have different parallel bores in wood or ivory...
Rankett
Hersteller: anonym
Altblockflöte
Schweitzerpfeiff
Hersteller: anonym
In the 18th century very fine woodwind instruments were mainly made of exotic hardwoods. The purpose of the silver chain was to prevent a part from...
Oboe
Hersteller: Hendrik Richters
?????saune
Hersteller: Michael Leichamschneider
At first exclusively the symbol of rulers, the trumpet eventually came to be used for court ceremonies and in the military, where even today it is...
Naturtrompete
Hersteller: Michael Leichamschneider
Posthorn
Hersteller: Adam Ferber
?????nthorn
Hersteller: Johann Baptist Merklein
Oboe
Hersteller: Wenzel Horak
Klarinette
Hersteller: Johann Baptist Merklein
 

Other objects

No portrait of Joseph Haydn could be more lifelike than this detailed sculptural image from the hands of Franz Thaler. Created during Haydn's...
Joseph Haydn
Hersteller: Franz Christian Thaler
Anton Walter (1756 - 1826), Porträt
Künstler: Friedrich August Mathias Gauermann
Flötenwerk
Hersteller: Primitivus Niemetz

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