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Aspects of Harpsichord Making in the British Isles [Hardcover]

Darryl Martin , Jenny Nex , Lance Whitehead , Grant O'Brien , John Koster

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Book Description

March 30 2010 1576471535 978-1576471531
During the four decades since the publication of Frank Hubbard's classic "Three Centuries of Harpsichord Making" (1965), with its masterly survey of the Italian, Flemish, French, German, and English schools, most further research has been directed toward the European continent. This volume of "The Historical Harpsichord" is intended to redress that imbalance. With close attention to technical detail, Darryl Martin examines the extant English harpsichords produced in the critical period of transition between the earlier seventeenth century, best known for virginal making, and the Georgian era in which harpsichord making was dominated by the London firms of Shudi and Kirckman. Jenny Nex and Lance Whitehead describe and place into context the oeuvre of Saxon-born Ferdinand Weber (1715-1784), one of the few Georgian makers who could stand on his own, albeit at some remove from London, in Dublin.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Pendragon Pr (March 30 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576471535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576471531
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 28.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,242,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A seminal work of extraordinary scholarship July 9 2010
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The fifth volume in the outstanding Pendragon Press 'The Historical Harpsichord' series, "Aspects Of Harpsichord Making In The British Isles" focuses on the 18th Century English harpsichords produced by Shudi and Kirckman, and other British Georgian era makers (including Ferdinand Webert who operated out of Dublin, Ireland). The collaborative effort of Darryl Martin (Curator of the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments), Jenny Nex (Curator of the Museum of Instruments, Royal College of Music, London), Lance Whitehead and Grant O'Brien, "Aspects Of Harpsichord Making In The British Isles" is composed into three major sections: The Native Tradition in Transition: English Harpsichords circa 1680-1725; The Stringed keyboard Instruments of Ferdinand Weber; and Criteria for the Determination of Original Stringing in Historical Keyboard Instruments: The Cautionary Tale of a 1785 Longman and Broderip Harpsichord. Enhanced with four appendices (including an extensive bibliography), "Aspects Of Harpsichord Making In The British Isles" is a seminal work of extraordinary scholarship and an invaluable addition to academic library reference collections. Also very highly recommended are the four earlier volumes comprising this superbly composed series: "Reconstructing the Harpsichord"; "The Metallurgy of 17th and 18th-Century Music Wire; "Bartolomeo Cristofori as a Harpsichord Maker/The Identification and Authentication of Italian Stringed Keyboard Instruments"; and "Harpsichord Decoration: A Conspectus/A Fable Deconstructed: The 1770 Taskin at Yale".

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