For around 300 years, the harpsichord was the leading domestic musical instrument and often a highly fashionable piece of furniture as well Usurped by the piano at the beginning of the nineteenth century, it was taken up again with the first revival of early music at the beginning of the twentieth century Over the past40 years, makers have been getting closer to reproducing examples from the historical past Now, The Art of Making a Harpsichord gives its readers the chance to discover this challenging and rewarding pursuit in a way that is rarely possible without working with an established builder Beginning with an overview of the instrument, its schools and workshop traditions, the authorhimself an experienced maker and researcherexplores the various models and types before leading the reader through the manufacture of an Italian style instrument, while describing historically based working methods which are applicable to all traditions Just as in the seventeenth or eighteenth century, there is no need to rely on large power tools This book has been designed to provide assistance to all harpsichord makers, whatever model they choose to make It is lavishly illustrated with line drawings and photographs, the latter takenwherever possiblefrom antique examples that give the reader as full an understanding as possible of the quality of these beautiful instruments....
|Title||:||The Art of Making a Harpsichord|
|Publisher||:||Robert Hale September 1, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
|File Size||:||774 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Art of Making a Harpsichord Reviews
There is really nothing to add to the Keith Rogers review, except I would whole-heartedly endorse the purchase of this book for anyone who is really serious about or just seriously interested in harpsichords, either as a player, repairer, builder (either novice or experienced), aficianado or a lover of keyboard instruments. I have quite a few harpsichord books, but this is now my favorite! The color photos are quite beautiful and the drawings are excellent. This book truly must have been a labor of love. The only real question I have is "why didn't I buy this book sooner?".