Produced For The Titanic

A COIN-OPERATED VIOLIN-PIANO, THE MILLS VIOLANO-VIRTUOSO IS ONE OF THE 10 GREATEST INVENTIONS OF THE DECADE 1910-1920. PRODUCED FOR THE TITANIC, IT WAITED FOR THE LINER IN NEW YORK. NOW IT IS IN THE RAHMİ KOÇ MUSEUM.

The Rahmi M. Koç Museum is hosting a must-see exhibition: Invisible Musicians. Wandering the world like medieval minstrels, the exhibition features 80 of the Belgian Automatia Musica Foundation’s mechanical music boxes. And they’re all in working order!

RHAPSODY IN BLUE
This Duo Art player piano in a lacquered Chinese case plays George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on a piano roll made by the composer himself. As sensitive as a real pianist, it conveys all the nuances.

TURKISH MUSIC BOX
Produced in Istanbul in 1920, this rare music box is, in a sense, home again. The wooden case is decorated with motifs typical of the period.

VIVA LE FENICE!
A 10-minute performance at one of Europe’s most famous opera houses, La Fenice! The set even changes to Verdi’s La Traviata in this miniature opera created by Belgian artists Thierry Bosquet and Michel Dumont.

ONE OF A KIND
Produced in honor of the saxophonist of the same name, the Adolphe Sax Automat with accompanying piano is without a counterpart in the world.
‘Invisible Musicians’ has reached 1,880,000 people in 25 different cities since 1995.