Thursday, July 12, 2012

Is that a hurdy gurdy?

No, it's a פסנתרין (Daniel 3:5), allegedly. 

Here's the whole key:

And the images:

From Moses Landau's, נכדו של הגאון בעל הצל"ח, Prague 1835 edition of Psalms (link). It has tziltzele shema and tziltzelei serua.


  1. Interesting to note that the English word "symphony" might have meant bagpipe originally in Greek, as depicted in picture 16 (סומפוניא). Don't know how many people would be willing to sit through a bagpipe symphony...

  2. In 1612 אברהם הרופא פורטלאונה printed a book שלטי הגיבורים in which he descripes in detail all the musical instruments mentioned in Torah and chazal.

  3. As you can see, many of these cite the Shiltei Hagiborim as its source.

  4. Personally I wouldn't at all mind a bagpipe symphony, or at least a concerto. Interesting that Landau gives no support to the theory, advanced by Shadal and others, that the "ugav" was not a wind instrument but a variant of one of the strings that he pictures.

  5. There was a condensed version of Shilte Hagiborim published recently as well titled עניני המשכן והמקדש
    edited by שאול שפר
    If I recall correctly, Shilte Hagiborim was The first Hebrew book using European punctuation.

  6. There was a new version {Shiltei HaGiborrim] by Machon Yerushalayim printed about a year or two ago. Panim Chadashot mamash.



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