Episode 03 – G. Reichstein, c. 1829

Neu Tschiang

The Neu Tschiang (“New Sheng”) invented by Gerichtsaktuarius Reichstein, a wind instrument maker from Gnadenfeld, (Germany) was probably inspired by the Chinese sheng or mouth organ, although it probably uses Western-style free reeds rather than those used in sheng.

A similar instrument is included in the inventory in the Stearns Musical Instrument Collection.

To be continued…

Illustration: Article in “Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung” N°30, juillet 1829

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