Category Archives: Harpsichord

Il Transilvano

I ordered what I thought was a modern edition of Diruta’s classic text, Il Transilvano (The Transylvanian).  This is a book on keyboard performance–organ and harpsichord.  Its “spooky” title describes its picaresque hero, a young Transylvanian rube who comes to … Continue reading

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Listening to Glenn Gould

On the stereo:  the Goldberg Variations, Glenn Gould, 1981 version. This version came out when I was in college, and my good friend Doug Dower turned me on to it.  I wore out the cassette tape.  I’m pretty sure we … Continue reading

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Harpsichord Check-in

It’s been a busy time, musically speaking.  The concert given by the Tower Trio last Sunday, in Goshen, NY, was a big success.  The audience responded generously with a free-will offering that will cover some necessary organ work.  Wonderful! The … Continue reading

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Concert on Sunday

This Sunday, the Tower Trio will perform at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen, New York. Program is at 3 PM and is free, though offerings are gladly received. A simple reception follows. The Tower Trio consists of the founders … Continue reading

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Harpsichord Envy

I went on YouTube to comb for performances on Italian harpsichords. I found a performance of Girolamo Diruta’s Toccata di salto cativo nel sesto tuono. The name prepares one to listen for some sort of “bad leap” (salto cativo) involving … Continue reading

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Dretzel Update

The Divertimento Armonico of Cornelius Heinrich Dretzel settles into an Italian harpsichord perfectly.  The italophilia of Nuremberg is borne out in this piece, and the bright, clear, affirmative tone of my new harpsichord is serving it well. At the same … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas Day.  I came home after a very successful Christmas Eve service at the Presbyterian church, and an intimate and joyful Midnight Mass in the village.  Attendance was down at the latter because of storm warnings, but there was … Continue reading

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Harpsichord Diary III

I’ve been looking online for performances on Italian harpsichords, and have found quite a few. My gut feelings have been validated. I’ve got my hands on a really good instrument. The characteristic prompt and bright response, full of harmonics, ideal … Continue reading

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Harpsichord Diary II

Delving into the capriccios of Frescobaldi has been a real pleasure with the new harpsichord. I think it was Segovia who said that, for him, music settled into a guitar as water into a glass. That is how it is … Continue reading

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Harpsichord Diary

It arrived on Friday, and I have spent quality time over the weekend getting acquainted. It is a 2007 Bennett harpsichord, a 1×8 Italian in a simple, elegant case.  (If you know Italian harpsichord design, it almost looks like an … Continue reading

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