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Anvil, car spring with beater

Car spring with iron bolt beater. With a suspension cord. This car spring, taken from a Rolls-Royce and used by striking with an attached (by a cord) metal bolt, was selected by James Blades for use in the original performances of 'The Burning Fiery Furnace' composed by Benjamin Britten, first performed on 9 June 1966. See James Blades, 'Percussion Instruments and Their History', Oxford University Press, revised edition 1984, plate 182.

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    Blades, James [Person]
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    Royal Academy of Music Museum
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    United Kingdom
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  • Specific materials/techniques:steel, cotton
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  • Repository:Royal Academy of Music Museum