1660 Anonymous Italian Harpsichord

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This instrument also features the inner-outer construction as with the Baffo virginals, with an outer case painted dark green and a large lock on the cheek, which are thought to be contemporary to the rest of the instrument. The inner instrument case is unpainted as usual, with a square tail.

 

Under the lid is a mid-seventeenth-century Italian landscape painting, probably of northern Italy, by an anonymous painter. The nameboard is decorated with gilt and polychrome painted lines, with three inlaid ivory diamonds in two ebony rectangles. 

 

A living instrument

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Listen to this instrument being played!

 

Video

Gabriel Smallwood plays Gagliarda Napolitana by Antonio Valente, from his February 15, 2024 concert at Sigal Music Museum.

 

 

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