The story of the Harpsichord

Story of the Harpsichord (2)

With: John Reid Coulter (harpsichord)

The earliest written record of the harpsichord dates to 1397, making it among the earliest stringed keyboard instruments (and certainly the largest and most complex for its time). It is thought to be related to a small, ancient harp known as the psaltery, as well as to a keyed version of the polychord that popped up around the 13th century. This short tour of the rich landscape of early keyboard music will be led by John Reid Coulter. A number of instruments will be presented with interesting anecdotes and glimpses of the treasures of keyboard music before 1750.