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Lizzo Performs James Madison’s Priceless, 200-12 months-Outdated Crystal Flute

Within the annals of recent widespread 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 resolution to take up the flute not lengthy earlier than their earliest performances. However right now, outdoors the realm of orchestral music, there’s certainly no higher-profile flautist than Lizzo. Although finest often known as 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 treasured piece of American historical past.

Final month, writes the Library of Congress’ April Slayton, one among 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 truth 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 throughout the Struggle 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 apart from admire it,” Slayton writes, “nevertheless it grew to become a household heirloom and an artifact of the period.” Now it has develop into a uniting image of American tradition previous and current: nevertheless forward-looking the Founding Fathers have been, we are able to 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 tasks embody the Substack publication 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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