[SCA-AE] OT: Musicians? Harpsichord Help!
schwoegl at verizon.net
Thu Mar 31 11:10:01 EDT 2011
I would say use the harpsichord that you can get to the site even if it is
an electronic keyboard.
I would start with The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Wiki does have an entry -
You do raise an interesting argument about using historical instruments.
Most of our instruments are modern adaptations. There are few surviving
instruments in playable condition. At least 90% of the recorders used in
the SCA are Baroque style. I can buy a set of Yamaha Baroque plastic
recorders Sopranino through Bass for less than the price of one Moeck
Renaissance Soprano. ($320 vs $600)
I personally am the fool who has spent thousands of dollars over the years
on historical instruments and love to play them and show them off. I
applaud your effort but you need to weigh the cost and safety of the
instrument. The instrument is the tool. The sound is the work.
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Subject: [SCA-AE] OT: Musicians? Harpsichord Help!
Hi all - in looking at performance pieces for next year's Ice Dragon, I
thought I might do a harpsichord piece - and then was told that harpsichords
are not period. However, I am seeing spinet style harpsichords as early as
1580 (as opposed to virginal harpsichords, ottavino harpsichords, etc) in
literature. And have a photo of one dated to 1607, so I'm thinking they were
Anyone there that can point me in a good research direction or have a better
answer? E-Groups I should look into? AE musicians to get in touch with?
Also, does anyone out there have a virginal or know where I could rent one?
This would be a much better alternative to schlepping my Mom's harpsichord
to the site (it's a Neupert single, but still...)
Thanks! Cheers - Tiercelin
Phoebe Waller-Sharp Turning Your Old Items into New Cash
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