Erik Kristiansen

Erik Kristiansen

Digital museumsinspektør. Cembalobygger. Forsker i spil, digital museumsformidling, design og cembaloer. Digital curator. Harpsichord maker. Research in desi
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A single-manual harpsichord by Aelpidio Gregori, Sant Elpidi

A single-manual harpsichord by Aelpidio Gregori, Sant Elpidio, 1697

Ornate Harpsichord

A harpsichord by Nicolas Pigalle, made in Dijon in 1771 – one of only two that survive by that city’s makers.

Love the harpsichord. A lady at our old church had one. They sound so pretty.

I dream of owning a harpsichord someday, even though it would need constant tuning in our highly-humid Florida environment. I would love to learn to tune instruments myself, especially the harpsichord!

William Byrd (1540 or late 1539 –1623) was one of the most celebrated English composers in the Renaissance.     He lived until well into the seventeenth century without writing music in the new Baroque fashion, but his superbly constructed keyboard works marked the beginning of the Baroque organ and harpsichord style. Byrd’s life is interesting because of his Roman Catholic sympathies combined with his work in the court of the Anglican Queen Elizabeth I.

William Byrd or late 1539 was one of the most celebrated English composers in the Renaissance. Byrd’s life is interesting because of his Roman Catholic sympathies combined with his work in the court of the Anglican Elizabeth I.

This harpsichord is the work of two celebrated makers: originally constructed by Andreas Ruckers in Antwerp (1646), it was later remodeled and expanded by Pascal Taskin in Paris (1780).

This harpsichord is the work of two celebrated makers: originally constructed by Andreas Ruckers in Antwerp it was later remodeled and expanded by Pascal Taskin in Paris The harpsichord was widely used in Renaissance and Baroque music.