- Laurence Libin
Portable, ‘Lilliputian’ free-reed attachment for a piano, invented by Jacob Alexandre, enabling the player to perform ‘a duet of instruments’. It had three octaves of ivory and ebony keys (normally played by the right hand), three choices of registration (flute, oboe, and voix céleste), weighed about 9 kg, and could be fitted under the keyboard of an ordinary piano. The player pumped the bellows by means of a pedal. In ...