A History of the Harpsichord

A History of the Harpsichord

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A History of the Harpsichord brings together for the first time more than 200 photographs, illustrations, and drawings of harpsichords in public museums and private collections throughout Europe the United States. Edward L. Kottick draws on his extensive technical knowledge and experience as a harpsichord builder to detail the changing design, structure, and acoustics of the instrument over six centuries. Based on painstaking research, the book considers the place of the instrument in society and vividly describes the market forces that brought about changes in its form, decoration, and cultural importance. An accompanying CD includes performances on several of the historical instruments described and illustrated in the volume, including a 1580 spinett virginal by Martin van der Biest and instruments built by Ruckers and Pleyel. The volume devotes attention to American harpsichord design as well as to present and future uses of the instrument.Non mi sonar / si tu non ha del buono, aquot; warning the viewer that / am rich in gold and rich in sound; do not play me if you ... but the primary building material was maple, rather than the usual cypress, and even the soundboard was sometimes ... virginal (Vermillion, S.D., Shrine to Music Museum) , the earliest known plucked keyboard from that region;11- and the ... to have had a remarkable agreement on the general principles of harpsichord design a€” thin-case sides, single manual, anbsp;...

Title:A History of the Harpsichord
Author:Edward L. Kottick
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2003


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