Jann Huggins gives talk about Ne­an­derthal Flute and Stradi­var­ius Vi­o­lin

New Hanover Town­ship His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to host Sept. 12 pro­gram

The Boyertown Area Times - - RELIGION - By Robert Wood The His­to­rian

The Septem­ber meet­ing of the New Hanover His­to­ri­ans will fea­ture pop­u­lar ed­u­ca­tor Jann Huggins who will be pre­sent­ing a talk on two re­mark­able in­stru­ments: “A Ne­an­derthal Flute and the Stradi­var­ius Vi­o­lin.”

Huggins il­lus­trated talk will first dis­cuss the Ne­an­derthal flute, pos­si­bly the world’s old­est known mu­si­cal in­stru­ment. Found by arche­ol­o­gists in Slove­nia, the flute is made from a cave bear fe­mur with holes spaced and aligned to sug­gest a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment.

Re­searchers work­ing at this site have un­cov­ered more than 600 ar­chae­o­log­i­cal items in at least ten lev­els in­clud­ing twenty hearths, the skele­tal re­mains of cave bears. Ac­cord­ing to mu­seum state­ments, the pre­sumed flute has been as­so­ci­ated with the end of the mid­dle Pleis­tocene and Ne­an­derthals about 40,000 years ago.

The other re­mark­able in­stru­ments in Hug­gin’s talk are the vi­o­lins made by the Stradi­vari fam­ily dur­ing the 17th and 18th cen­turies. Does their re­mark­able sound come from the wood used to make them, the treat­ments ap­plied to the wood, or the con­struc­tion meth­ods?

Janet Huggins is a life­long mu­sic ed­u­ca­tor with nu­mer­ous awards and a lengthy per­for­mance re­sume.

The meet­ing will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the re­stored Swamp Creek School­house, 3179 Reif­s­ny­der Road, Gilbertsville (by the Swamp Creek Park).

Vis­i­tors wel­come. Light re­fresh­ments and con­ver­sa­tion to fol­low as usual.

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