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 and 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 38.1mm | 1,157g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 23 color illus., 229 b&w illus., 2 tables
  • 0253023475
  • 9780253023476
  • 1,434,155

About Edward L. Kottick

Instrument maker, scholar, researcher, author, and lecturer, musicologist Edward L. Kottick built his first harpsichord in 1963. He has investigated the instrument's acoustical properties as well as its historical aspects, and has published articles on the harpsichord in both scientific and scholarly journals.show more

Table of contents

List of Plates and IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionThe Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries1. From Psaltery and Monochord to Harpsichord and Virginal The Sixteenth Century2. The Emergence of the Northern Harpsichord3. Antwerp Harpsichord Building between Karest and Ruckers 4. Early Italian Style The Seventeenth Century 5. The Ruckers-Couchet Dynasty6. Later Italian Style7. Seventeenth-Century International Style8. France9. Germany and Austria10. EnglandThe Eighteenth Century 11. The Decline of the Italian Harpsichord12. The Iberian Peninsula 13. Harpsichord building in France to the Revolution14. The Low Countries in the Post-Ruckers Era15. Germany, Scandinavia, Austria, and Switzerland16. Great Britain and America The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries17. The Harpsichord Hibernates18. The Harpsichord Revival from the Paris Exposition to World War II 19. The Modern Harpsichord20. Into the future GlossaryBibliography Appendix: Exploded views Indexshow more