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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Z is for Zither!

Z is for Zither!

This picture is of my Grandfather Schuster's family.  He is identified by the turquoise arrow and his mother by the red arrow.  His parents, Fredrich and Louisa Marie Petri Schuster married in 1883 in St. Clair County, Illinois.  This picture is of their adult family of ten children and a couple of their  grandchildren.  (Sorry the picture is poor quality.)


This is my Great Grandmother Louisa's zither that was in my grandparents' attic my entire childhood.  My Grandfather kept it because it had originally belonged to his Grandmother Catherine Elizabeth Schmiersahl Petri.  When I was a child, he would let me strum the strings ... but it could never be tuned because it was so old!  It had been well-loved and frequently played by these two women.  During my lifetime, it has always looked like this!   I have displayed it in my home for 35 years, since my grandparents died.  My Great Grandmother was born in 1861, so I suspect that this instrument dates to 1820.


This zither was made in Germany ... and zithers remain the National Instrument of Germany!


My old zither has been the inspiration of many dinner parties ... and the conversation over wine!  It instilled an interest in playing guitar in me ... can't say that I ever mastered that, though! 

I've embedded a video of a man playing a zither like mine ... I don't know him, but he's good!  Turn up your volumn and enjoy!  I've linked with Alphabet Thursday so make sure you click through to enjoy the other posts ... but watch my video first!  Thanks to our hostess, Jenny ... and to this wonderful musician!

14 comments:

  1. What fun! I bet it is fun a parties.

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  2. Brava! Another zither lover! Your video is wonderful. I have always loved the sound of a zither. Great post, sister!!!

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  3. Great Letter Z post! Loved the video and hearing the Zither being played. How wonderful that you have one with such a rich family history! Thanks for stopping by CITexas Gal for my Zoom Post!

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  4. Oh the music is beautiful! & What a special treasure to have...wouldn't it have been so good if they had videos of your great grandmother playing hers?

    Blessings & Aloha!

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  5. I had seen this instrument but didn't know what it was. How wonderful that you have kept it in your family all these years.

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  6. It sounds beautiful and it sure beats the accordian or bagpipes eh? It's too bad you can't refurbish or make your zither work anymore .

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  7. My German great uncle played the Zither!

    Thanks for a sweet memory...

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  8. Old family heirlooms make the best conversation starters.

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  9. That zither is a treasure!

    =)

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  10. What a fantastic instrument! I played an autoharp years ago which is somewhat similar and so beautiful! Love this post!
    Have an awesome Z day!
    Coralie

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  11. What a beautiful treasure you have. I love the folky sound of a zither, but then I'm one that is always attracted to dulcimer and banjo music, too.

    It's so neat that you have this heirloom. If you wanted to actually play it, I wonder if it could be restored.

    Thanks for being part of this meme. You've really helped make it interesting and fun.

    A+

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  12. What a treasure this is!....a true family heirloom.

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  13. I have never heard of a zither nor ever heard it played. I enjoyed both the story and the song. I am so sentimental and would love to have inherited something of such value. Thanks for sharing.

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