Welcome to The Banknote Den

 

One of the many fascinating aspects of exploring world paper money is the ability to learn so much about other cultures. For me, it is not enough to simply look at the pretty pictures on a banknote and ‘ooh and ahh’; I like to delve into them, and not only learn, but experience the culture when I can. A pleasurable aspect of this is exploring the banknotes commemorating musicians and composers. I have found many wonderful pieces of music that I’m sure I never would have come across other than to have looked into who it was on the note, or explored what type of instruments were shown. Here on this web page, are a few of my favorites with links to the music.

 

 

 


Armenia

50 Dram

 

Aram Khachaturian, Composer

Links to Music:

 

Aram Khachaturian 1

 

Aram Khachaturian 2

 

Aram Khachaturian 3

 

 

 

 


Bahamas

1 Dollar

 

Police Band

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Police Band 1

 

Police Band 2

 

 


Belgium

20 Franks

 

Phillipus (Phillipe) de Monte and Orlande de Lassus

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Phillipus de Monte 1

 

Phillipus de Monte 2

 

Phillipus de Monte 3

 

Orlande de Lassus 1

 

Orlande de Lassus 2

 

Orlande de Lassus 3

 


Belgium

200 Franks

 

Adolphe Sax

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Adolphe Sax's original Saxophone

 

Unheard of Saxophones

 

Jimmy Dorsey

 

Cannonball Adderley Work Song

 

John Coltrane and Stan Getz

 


Brazil

500 Cruzados

 

Hector Villa Lobos

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Villa Lobos 1

 

Villa Lobos 2

 

Villa Lobos 3

 

 


Brazil

5000 Cruzeiros

 

Carlos Gomes

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Carlos Gomes 1

 

Carlos Gomes 2

 

Carlos Gomes 3

 


Burundi

50 Francs

 

Drums

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Burundi Drums 1

 

Burundi Drums 2

 

 


Cabo Verde

1000 Escudos

 

Code di Dona

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Code di Dona 1

 

Code di Dona 2

 

 


Cabo Verde

2000 Escudos

 

Cesaria Evora

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Cesaria Evora 1

 

Cesaria Evora 2

 

Cesaria Evora 3

 


Democratic Republic of the Congo

5 Centimes

 

Harpe Zande

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Zande Harp 1

 

Zande harp 2

 

 


Denmark

100 Kroner

 

Carl Nielsen

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Carl Nielsen 1

 

Carl Nielsen 2

 

 


Estonia

50 Krooni

 

Rudolph Tobias

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Rudolph Tobias - Prelude & fugue in d minor

 

Rudolph Tobias - Jeruusalemma tütred

 

Rudolph Tobias - Otsekui hirv kisendab

 


 

France

20 Francs

 

Claude Debussy

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Debussy 1 - Arabesque

 

Debussy 2 - Clair de Lune

 

Debussy 3 - The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

 

 

 


 

France

10 Francs

 

Hector Berlioz

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Berlioz 1 - Symphonie Fantastique - March To The Scaffold

 

Berlioz 2 - Symphonie Fantastique 5th Movement - Dreams of a Witches' Sabbabth

 

Berlioz 3 - Roman Carnival Overture

 

 


Georgia

2 Lari

 

Zakaria Paliashvili

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Zakaria Paliashvili 1

 

Zakaria Paliashvili 2

 

Zakaria Paliashvili 3

 

 

 

 


 

Germany

20 Marks

 

Violin and Clarinet - on back

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

W. A. Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet, two Violins, Viola and Violoncello in A major

 

Beethoven "Violin Concerto arr. for Clarinet"

 


 

Germany

Notgeld - Braunschweig (Brunswick)

50 Pfennig

 

Franz Abt

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Franz Abt "Waldandnacht" - (the score on the back)

 

Franz Abt "Wo die Alpenrosen blühn"

 

Franz Abt "Advent"

 

 


 

Germany

Notgeld - Braunschweig (Brunswick)

25 Pfennig

 

Louis Spohr

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Louis Spohr - "Violin Concerto No.8 in Form einer Gesangsszene" - (the score on the back)

 

Louis Spohr -Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in C minor

 

Louis Spohr - Romanza


 

 

Guatemala

200 Quetzales

 

Sebastian Hurtado - Created the first Chromatic Marimba in 1897

Mariano Valverde - "Noche de Luna Entre Ruinas"

German Alcántara – "La flor del Café"

 

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Mariano Valverde - Noche de Luna Entre Ruinas

 

German Alcántara - La flor del Café

 

Sebastian Hurtado - Chromatic Marimba

 

 


Italy

5000 Lire

 

Vincenzo Bellini

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Bellini 1

 

 


Kazakhstan

5 Tenge

 

Adai Kurmangazy playing the Dombra

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Dombra 1

 

Dombra 2

 

 


Morocco

10 Dirhams

 

Musical Instrument: Oud

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Oud 1

 

Oud 2

 

 


Mozambique

5000 Meticais

 

Musicians and dancers

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Drummers 1

 

 


Myanmar (Burma)

50 Pyas

 

Saung – Arched harp

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Saung 1

 

Saung 2

 

 


Nigeria

5 Naira

 

Drummers

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Drummers 1

 

Drummers 2

 

Drummers 3

 

 


Papua New Guinea

10 Kina

 

Kundu Drum

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Kundu 1

 

 


Paraguay

50000 Guaranies

 

Augustin Pio Barrios

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Augustin Pio Barrios 1

 

Augustin Pio Barrios 2

 

Augustin Pio Barrios 3

 

 


 

Poland

5000 Zlotych

 

Fryderyk Chopin

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Chopin 1

 

Chopin 2

 

Chopin 3 The score on the back of this banknote played by Arthur Rubenstein.

 

 


Romania

5 Lei

 

George Enescu

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

George Enescu 1

 

George Enescu 2

 

George Enescu 3

 

 


Rwanda

500 Amafranga

 

Drums

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Drums 1

 

Drums 2

 

 


Slovenia

200 Tolars

 

Jacobus Gallus

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Jacobus Gallus 1

 

Jacobus Gallus 2

 

 


Spain

100 Pesetas

 

Manuel de Falla

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Manuel de Falla 1

 

Manuel de Falla 2 - guitar solo of the piece above

 

Manuel de Falla 3


Sri Lanka

50 Rupees

 

Yak Bera Drum

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Yak Bera Drum 1

 

 


Sudan

2 Pounds

 

Musical Instruments

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Lyre 1

 

Harp 2

 

Rongo Xylophone 3

 

Waza 4

 


Sweden

50 Kronor

 

Jenny Lind - The Swedish Nightengale - First International Musical Superstar

Instrument: Nyckelharpa or key harp

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Jenny Lind 1

 

Jenny Lind 2

 

Jenny Lind 3

 

Nyckelharpa 4

 

Nyckelharpa 5

 


Sweden

50 Kronor (2015)

 

Evert Taube - The great Swedish Troubadour

Reverse: Bronze age rock art in Bohuslän, Sweden, where Evert Taube drew much inspiration from.

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Evert Taube 1

 

Evert Taube 2

 

Evert Taube 3

 


Syria

500 Pounds

 

Oldest known music and musicians

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Syrian Music 1

 

Syrian Music 2

 

 

 


Trinidad adn Tobago

20 Dollars

 

Steel Drums / Pan drums

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Trinidad & Tobago Music 1

 

Trinidad & Tobago Music 2

 

Trinidad & Tobago: How The Pan Is Made

 


Ukraine

10 Hryven

 

Kobza

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Kobza 1

 

 


Vanuatu

500 Vatu

 

Slit Drum/Gong or Tamtam

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Tamtam 1

 

Tamtam 2

 

 


Yugoslavia / now Serbia

50 Dinars

 

Stevan Mokranjac

 

 

 

 

Links to Music:

 

Stevan Mokranjac 1

 

Stevan Mokranjac 2

 

Stevan Mokranjac 3