The Music Room

The music room contains instruments from the 18th and 19th century, showing some fine examples of English craftsmanship. A Latin inscription above the door translates as ‘Man is carried to heaven on the wings of music’.  Within the room there is an angel with no wings hanging from the ceiling.

The instruments are displayed in groups around the room, more or less in the order that would be found in a small orchestra. Thus on the left are the strings, in the centre the woodwind and the brass, and on the right percussion.*

The woodwind section of the orchestra is well represented by the oboes and clarinets on the shelf, and the flutes on the wall are made from wood or ivory. Beside them hang two curious German flutes shaped like walking sticks. The three serpents, despite being made of wood and having finger holes rather than keys, are in fact classed as brass instruments.*

*From the Snowshill Manor and Garden guide book 2010 edition.

14 Comments CherryPie on Jul 21st 2014

14 Responses to “The Music Room”

  1. ubermouth says:

    Although I can’t play any instruments, I love violins. They look so old world and classy! Do you play any instruments yourself, Cherie?

    Great photo.

  2. This room reminded me of the Horniman Museum in South East London!

  3. james higham says:

    They do all look rather classy there.

  4. Ayush says:

    this room is full of photo opportunities. i like the latin inscription.

  5. Bernard says:

    I, just love ‘Music rooms’. I don’t know if you remember but I have my own? ;-)
    I remember visiting somewhere, and thinking, I must have one of those. And so it was. I created my very own music room.
    I did a blog post and also posted it up on a YouTube video as I think, background music is helpful in creating an atmosphere that is sometimes absent in (still and silent) museums.
    I was going to put in a link – but I’m afraid – my Music room is in a very much lower league than that beautiful room you have shown here. :-)

    • CherryPie says:

      I vaguely remember your music room, although I do not remember the video…

      There are some fine instruments in this one aren’t there?

  6. Bernard says:

    ‘Man is carried to heaven on the wings of music’.
    If you find out where all the women are carried to, please let me know, as that would suit me better. {big grin}. :-)