Harpsichord, Clavichord and Fortepiano

Harpsichord, Clavichord and Fortepiano : A History of Early Keyboard Instruments

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Before the piano dominated stringed keyboard instruments, there were a host of earlier types that were popular both in households and as performance instruments. The best known of these was the harpsichord that was the concert keyboard for nearly two centuries. Closely related to this instrument were the virginal, popular during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and the spinet. Later developments produced the clavichord, which used quills to stroke the strings and the fortepiano which used hammers to strike the strings.show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • 0747807167
  • 9780747807162

About Derek Adlam

Derek Adlam is a skilled player of early keyboard instruments and maker of of some of the best known modern replica keyboards, including the fortepianos owned by Melvyn Tan and Christopher Hogwood. For several years he shared the running of Finchcocks - Britain's leading collection of early keyboard instruments. He is now curator of the art collection at Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire. He is President of the British Clavichord Society. The author lives in Nottinghamshire, England.show more