The ‘Empire’ Music Leaf Turner
Plinth Dates: 9 – 11 August 2011
Musicians often need to turn the pages of their music quickly, having no time to put down their violin bow or flute. A number of ingenious automatic page-turners have been devised from the nineteenth century – the conductor Charles Halle (1819-1895) is said to have invented an early one – right up to the present day. This patented example was made by the British and Colonial Industries Association in the 1890s. It operates by spring-loaded levers which are interleaved between the music pages before the performance starts. They are activated by tapping the shiny metal extension with a bow, or by blowing sharply into the cup.
Contributed by Dr Robert Anderson