How cool is this musical instrument, the theremin?

The theremin is named after Leon Theremin, who invented it in 1920. Here he is, demonstrating:

A more recent performance:

This is Clara Rockmore playing “The Swan” from Camille Saint-Saëns’s “The Carnival of the Animals”, a piece that was also beautifully choreographed by Mikhail Fokin as “The Dying Swan”, first danced by Anna Pavlova:

And this is Zaz, from Tours, France, playing the instrument in Moscow:

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