Per Boek Wijzer Auteur: Raymond Russell
Raymond Russell's study of the harpsichord and clavichord, first published in 1959, rapidly established itself as the most authoritative general work on the subject. This second, revised edition prepared by Howard Schott, author of Playing the Harpsichord, takes account of recent re-search in the field and incorporates a number of revisions made by Mr Russell before his death in 1964. The bibliography and list of collections of early keyboard instruments have been radically revised. The main plan of the book is to give the background and trace the development of the early keyboard instruments — both those of the harpsichord family, including spinets and virginals, and clavichords. A descrip-tion of the construction, mechanisms, touch and acoustics of the instruments is followed by an account of their history in this country and on the continent up to the end of the nineteenth century. Now that the harpsichord and clavichord have fully come back into fashion and are once again an integral part of our musical life, this important book has a new relevance. From reviews of the first edition : `This is an indispensable work of refer-ence, which is unlikely to be superseded since it is based on careful and accurate first-hand observation ; it is also full of information for the general musician as well as the student and the amateur of harpsi-chords . . .' The Times Literary Supplement `The plates . . . form a magnificent series, many of them are rare and unfamiliar, and no pains have been spared in ensuring that every point of technical and decorative interest is brought to the reader's notice.' Connoisseur
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