Today’s Bacon – La Piganino

By way of Porkopolis, “This is a variation of a somewhat legendary instrument also known in various forms as the Hog Harmonium, Swineway, Pigano, Pig Organ or Porko Forte.”

Pierre Bayle (1647-1706) and Nathaniel Wanley (1634-1680) tell us that it was the Abbe of Beigne (or Baigne) who built a Porko Forte at the order of Louis XI, King of France (1461-83). The king challenged the Abbot, who had the art of inventing new musical instruments, to get him a “concert of swine’s voices”, thinking it impossible.

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