Category Archives: Stories

Bohuslav Martinů and Lucie Rosen: the Path to Fantasia for Theremin

Bohuslav Martinů and Lucie Rosen in New York.

Although Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů does not enjoy the same fame as other composers of the same period, he certainly has a prominent place in twentieth-century music. He is also well known by theremin enthusiasts thanks to Fantasia for theremin, oboe, piano, and string quartet, the composition commissioned to him in 1944 by Lucie Bigelow Rosen. Let’s try to understand a little more about him and follow the path that led him from a Moravian village to Manhattan, where the fortuitous meeting took place.

Shueh-li Ong: Music From Another Land

Shueh-li Ong with her synthesizers, Theremin and Guqin

An interview with polystrumentist, singer and composer Shueh-li Ong. “Music From Another Land” is not the typical “theremin album” you’d expect from musicians like Lydia Kavina, Pamelia Kurstin or Peter Pringle, to name a few. Although there is a good amount of well-played theremin, it just doesn’t play the leading role. In fact, the feeling […]

In Clara’s Home – Her Last Years, and the Summer of 1997

Clara Rockmore playing the Theremin.

The following essay was written by Steve J. Sherman, Clara Rockmore’s great-nephew and Nadia Reisenberg’s grandson. As the title suggests, it provides us with an in-depth account of Clara Rockmore’s life during her last decade, up until her death in 1998, and includes a detailed chapter devoted to the controversial summer of 1997 and the […]

Clara Rockmore’s Lost Theremin Album

Clara Rockmore playing a Victor RCA Theremin

The message that follows has been sent today by Steve Sherman, Clara Rockmore’s great-nephew and Nadia Reisenberg’s grandson, to the Levnet forum. Dear Levnet – I don’t think I’ve ever actually posted on Levnet, or at least haven’t since Clara died in 1998. I am Steve Sherman, Clara Rockmore’s great-nephew and Nadia Reisenberg’s grandson (my […]

Of the Theremin Making

nectron Transistor Theremin Chassis

Giorgio Necordi’s short report about the making of his transistor theremin. After a long wait it’s time to come out and unveil the instrument based on my long time experiments with theremins. This is the theremin you can hear in the “theremin samples” section of the thereminvox.com library The entire instrument was completed during 2003 […]