April202013
March252013
They put the harpsichord back in a practice room! :D

They put the harpsichord back in a practice room! :D

June12012
classicalliterature:

Detailed carving on the back of a violin, seen at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The paper in the foreground says : “Violin, English about 1680. Pine top and sides, sycamore back, decorated with spiral scroll work and the royal arms of the Stuarts. The final is in the form of a woman’s head. The instrument is not signed but a number of names have been suggested, the most likely being Thomas Urquhart, who worked at London Bridge between 1648 and 1680. The baroque style of decoration and Royal Stuart arms would indicate that the instrument was part of the household of Charles II or James II. Charles II is known to have preferred the brisk and arie sounds of the violin to the contrapuntal fancies of the viol.”

classicalliterature:

Detailed carving on the back of a violin, seen at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The paper in the foreground says : “Violin, English about 1680. Pine top and sides, sycamore back, decorated with spiral scroll work and the royal arms of the Stuarts. The final is in the form of a woman’s head. The instrument is not signed but a number of names have been suggested, the most likely being Thomas Urquhart, who worked at London Bridge between 1648 and 1680. The baroque style of decoration and Royal Stuart arms would indicate that the instrument was part of the household of Charles II or James II. Charles II is known to have preferred the brisk and arie sounds of the violin to the contrapuntal fancies of the viol.”

(via sinfonia-of-sola)

April222012
The famous table of ornaments as it first appeared in J.S. Bach’s collection of keyboard works for his eldest son, entitled “Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.”

The famous table of ornaments as it first appeared in J.S. Bach’s collection of keyboard works for his eldest son, entitled “Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.”

March212012
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March22012
Another double-manual German harpsichord. Valued at $25k. I’ve been considering purchasing a harpsichord (though probably single-manual, and possibly Flemish) instead of upgrading my piano.
But still, my piano really does need an upgrade if I’m going to teach on it. It’s a 4’11” Yamaha—the smallest grand available. Honestly, I love it and am extremely grateful that my parents purchased it for my for my 16th birthday (as opposed to a car—duh!) But there’s a register in which it’s very weak due to the shortened string length. As a perfectionist, it bothers me.
It’ll be awhile until either purchase is made, so I have time to decide. The piano would probably be the best choice, but harpsichord is my favorite instrument, so that makes the decision difficult.

Another double-manual German harpsichord. Valued at $25k. I’ve been considering purchasing a harpsichord (though probably single-manual, and possibly Flemish) instead of upgrading my piano.

But still, my piano really does need an upgrade if I’m going to teach on it. It’s a 4’11” Yamaha—the smallest grand available. Honestly, I love it and am extremely grateful that my parents purchased it for my for my 16th birthday (as opposed to a car—duh!) But there’s a register in which it’s very weak due to the shortened string length. As a perfectionist, it bothers me.

It’ll be awhile until either purchase is made, so I have time to decide. The piano would probably be the best choice, but harpsichord is my favorite instrument, so that makes the decision difficult.

March12012
A double-manual German harpsichord. Predecessor to the pianoforte.

A double-manual German harpsichord. Predecessor to the pianoforte.

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