[SCA-AE] OT: Musicians? Harpsichord Help!
alaric at pobox.com
Thu Mar 31 12:39:20 EDT 2011
Mistress Arianna is being kind when she says that I play the virginal
:-). My first instrument was piano but I haven't actively played in a
while. About 20 years ago I built a virginal in the style of the early
Italian instruments (I still have it but it needs a 'tune up' to get all
the parts working again). I will be giving a class at the upcoming Music
& Dance Collegium (May 7th) where we'll look at the "innards" of the
instrument to understand how it works. I'd be happy to sit down and chat.
Here is a really neat link I found that lists locations of early keyboard
instruments (it lists both the type, year, maker if known). There are
several listings of extant harpsichord instruments from our period (in
various museums) ... the earliest I found was dated 1521 but there may be
others as well as I didn't check all the places on the map:
On Thu, 31 Mar 2011 10:43:52 -0400, Phoebe Sharp
<carnabyservices at yahoo.com> wrote:
> 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 made earlier.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
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