Symphonia? When I was a sprout and barely knew what a symphony was, the word symphonia puzzled me.It sounded like a musical piece played by children using only triangles, tambourines and bells.According to The New American Dictionary of Music, a symphonia is indeed a symphony.But it’s also “any of various medieval instruments, incl. the hurdy-gurdy.”Jackpot!Who doesn’t love a hurdy-gurdy, as immortalized by Donovan in the immortal tune Hurdy Gurdy Man"? Did Donovan mean the hurdy-gurdy that looks like a lute or the crank model played on the streets? Didn't know there were two kinds did you? Music is even more exciting than you ever imagined.
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