The harpsichord is a rare treat, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many listening choices available. We love everything from the famous harpsichord music of the Baroque period to dynamic young musicians like Jean Rondeau.
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Johann Sebastian Bach I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.
Ah, Bach! Born in 1685, Johann Sebastian Bach is the most celebrated composer to have written music specifically for the harpsichord. He painstakingly copied out music so he could practice more difficult pieces. Bach was a pioneer of the harpsichord concerto. His solo works continue to be performed widely, often on the piano.
Shirts are popular gifts and these designs are hand-picked to celebrate the uniqueness of the harpsichord. There are dozens of style options available in a wide range of colors and sizes. Click on any image to see what’s available for recipients of all ages and body types.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical harpsichord gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
You’ll go for Baroque with these magnets, one of the most affordable harpsichord gifts we’ve seen. Everyone needs refrigerator magnets. These designs are printed on 100% recycled paper, then covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar. Click on any design to see the available options in square and round magnets.
Mugs are one of our favorite affordable harpsichord gifts. Everyone can use a few mugs. Click on any mug to see how the design looks from different angles. Choose from many sizes, styles, and colors to create a personal gift for your favorite harpsichordist.
Here’s another inexpensive way to show appreciation for this unique string instrument. Standard size square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches and round buttons are available in several sizes. The designs are printed on 100% recycled paper, then covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar for added durability. Some styles allow you to choose a new background color for complete customization.
This clever harpsichord was built from a box of standard Lego blocks. Tuning pegs and rubber bands were added to create the notes. When a key is pressed, a corresponding string is plucked to create a sound. That’s what makes a harpsichord different than a piano. On a piano, the strings are struck rather than plucked. Brilliant!
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The harpsichord is a musical string instrument, somewhat similar in appearance to a piano. Both instruments are played by means of a keyboard. However, when a key is pressed on a harpsichord keyboard, a corresponding string is plucked to create a sound.
Similar plucked keyboard instruments in this family include the archicembalo, clavicytherium, ottavina, spinet, and virginal.
Replaced in popularity by the piano at the beginning of the nineteenth century, the harpsichord has enjoyed a renewed interest in recent times. Its unique sound is appropriate for historical music as well as contemporary compositions.
More Harpsichord Facts
A person who performs on this string instrument is called a harpsichordist.
Notable harpsichordists include Tori Amos, Francesco Baroni, Michele Benuzzi, Michael Borgstede, Elizabeth Farr, Ketil Haugsand, Kim Heindel, Anthony Newman, Trevor Pinnock, Jean Rondeau, Andreas Staier, and Peter Watchorn.
The harpsichord was widely used in Renaissance and Baroque music. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) was perhaps the most celebrated composer to write music specifically for the instrument. His solo works continue to be performed widely, though often on the piano. Bach was a pioneer of the harpsichord concerto, and featured the instrument in his Fifth Brandenburg Concerto.
Johann Sebastian Bach lost both of his parents at an early age, then outlived 10 of his 20 children. His beloved wife died while he was away on a brief assignment. Chaconne, the Novel takes you back to the early 1700s when the legendary composer created what many consider his most emotionally raw piece of music. The story alternates between Bach and Brooklyn-born Milo Damiani, whose earliest memory is of his estranged father playing Chaconne on the violin. Though the characters are separated by two and a half centuries, their stories are woven together as both men deal with tragedy, pain, love of family, and joy.
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Performed by Jean Rondeau
French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s Chaconne for his debut album Imagine. Born in 1991, Rondeau is an accomplished musician with impeccable credentials. An award-winning master of the harpsichord, he is also proficient as an organist, a choral conductor, and a pianist. Rondeau co-founded Note Forget, an ensemble that features his jazz-oriented compositions and piano improvisations.
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For nearly three centuries the harpsichord was a commonly played musical instrument, as well as a fashionable piece of furniture. This book gives readers an opportunity to learn some interesting harpsichord facts, and perhaps discover the challenging and rewarding pursuit of building an heirloom quality musical instrument.