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Lizzo Performs James Madison’s Priceless, 200-12 months-Outdated Crystal Flute


Within the annals of recent in style music, one doesn’t discover a surfeit of flautists. Tim Weisberg, in partnership with singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg, did rating a modest his or two within the seventies. Extra incongruously, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson set his band aside together with his choice to take up the flute not lengthy earlier than their earliest performances. However at the moment, outdoors the realm of orchestral music, there’s absolutely no higher-profile flautist than Lizzo. Although finest often called a pop singer, she continues to place to make use of the flute abilities she honed on the College of Houston, with out which she wouldn’t have been capable of deal with a valuable piece of American historical past.

Final month, writes the Library of Congress’ April Slayton, certainly one of that establishment’s librarians Carla Hayden “noticed that the one and solely Lizzo was coming to D.C. for a live performance.” Provided that “the Library has the world’s largest flute assortment,” Hayden took the chance to level out that reality to the pop star on Twitter. “One in all about 1,700 flutes within the assortment, she teased, is the crystal flute made for President James Madison by Claude Laurent — a priceless instrument that Dolley Madison rescued from the White Home in April 1814 because the British entered Washington, DC through the Warfare of 1812.. Would possibly she wish to drop by and play a number of bars?”

Certainly she did, with outcomes you’ll be able to see in the video above: on the Library itself, Lizzo tries out one of many assortment’s many flutes; then she performs the crystal flute itself on onstage at Capitol One Area, having been handed it by the instrument’s personal safety element. “It’s like taking part in out of a wine glass,” she tells her thrilled viewers. One wonders if the comparability would ever have occurred to its first proprietor: “It’s not clear if Madison did a lot with the flute aside from admire it,” Slayton writes, “but it surely turned a household heirloom and an artifact of the period.” Now it has turn out to be a uniting image of American tradition previous and current: nevertheless forward-looking the Founding Fathers have been, we will safely say they by no means think about twerking.

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Primarily based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and tradition. His initiatives embody the Substack e-newsletter Books on Cities, the e-book The Stateless Metropolis: a Stroll by Twenty first-Century Los Angeles and the video collection The Metropolis in Cinema. Observe him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Fb.



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