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.Wraight 1997, part II, 176, thinks it might have been made by Giusti, but will go no farther than that. 20. The Basil instrument is now a two manual, probably transformed by Franciolini; see Wraight 1984b, 20 ... cavea#39;s owner returned: it was Polyphemus, the one-eyed monster, who began eating Odysseusa#39;s men, one by one. ... 35. See Wraight 1997, part II, 243-45. 36. Hubbard 1965, 270, quotes from Sprengel, 265, in which the author describes this sort of stop and identifies it as aanbsp;...

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


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