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Harpsichords

Harpsichords are known from the 15th to 18th century. They were used as solo instrument and also in orchestras. Today historic harpsichords are absolutely rare and only a few survived. Find here a fine selection...


Instruments


Anonymous c. 1650

This small harpsichord represents an absolute rarity, since so far nothing comparable exists. It is a children's harpsichord, which was made in Italy around 1650. The case is covered with fine cloth and decorated on the outside and inside with fine paintings. All around are ro...

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Stephan Keene c. 1690

This early spinet is one of the rarest surviving instruments made by Stephan Keene. The case is made in walnut with the original brass work and it rests on the original stand. Furthermore the jacks are all original. The nameboard is exceptionally fine with inlaid decorative panel...

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Thomas Barton c. 1720

This charming spinet was made around 1720 by the renowned harpsichord maker Thomas Barton in London. The case and the original stand are made of walnut and the keyboard is made of ivory and ebony. This instrument with its typical English bentside shape was very popular in the...

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Martin Sassmann c. 1960

This two-manual harpsichord by Martin Sassmann is a reference of the modern harpsichord construction in Germany in the 1960s. Since the revival of this type of instrument at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, instruments were increasingly being built that were...

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William de Blaise 1961

The harpsichords made by William de Blaise are particularly interesting in the development of the modern harpsichord construction. In addition to major German manufactories such as Neupert, Ammer or Sperrhake this instrument shows the typical “Rastenbauweise” (industrial/seri...

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Neupert 1961 – Telemann

This small one-manual harpsichord by Neupert from Bamberg shows the further development of the modern Rastenbauweise (industrial/serial construction). The case is made from walnut and has a square wing shape with an open soundboard. The instrument has 2 sets of jacks and has t...

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Kurt Hutzelmann 1967

Some instrument makers tried to improve the rediscovered harpsichord in 20th century to create new sounds. The modern piano construction was used as a model for this instrument, and so this little harpsichord is a peculiarity in the further development of the harpsichord. The...

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Zuckermann after italian Instruments c. 1985

This single-manual harpsichord, based on Italian instruments, comes from the Wolfgang Zuckermann workshop and was built from a kit by a professional harpsichord builder in Berlin. The case is made of cedar wood with surrounding frames and fillings and decorative brass hinges....

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Virginal after Vitus de Trasuntino c. 1990

Virginals were mostly used from the 16th to the 18th century, especially in Italy, England and the Netherlands and enjoyed great popularity. There are early paintings of women at the virginal. One of the earliest portraits is of Catharina van Hemessen (1527/28 – 1583) at a virg...

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