Compare them! [Introduction] [Sounds] [Links] [Technical notes/Kudos]
IntroductionThis is a very old web page, from 1996!
These samples are each approximately fifteen seconds long, files of about 300K, dubbed from compact discs.
The "CD info" links each go to an appropriate entry at another site where you may learn more about or purchase the disc. In some cases, they also have better sound samples from these albums, using RealAudio or other formats.
Major disclaimer! These sound samples (all in stereo) are of reasonable quality but are certainly not great: they do not represent accurately the sound quality of the recordings. They are here primarily for use in rough comparisons among the instruments: the basic features of the sound. The actual instruments sound quite a bit different, especially regarding high harmonics. If possible, play and listen to representative instruments in person, or find these and other similar recordings.
On the plus side, all these samples are distorted similarly by the CD-sampling utility I used...it's a level playing field. The utility was an early one (1996), and I probably should remake all of these samples someday....
pictured: French double by Yves Beaupre
Instruments to compare:
David Sutherland, Harpsichord Maker Hubbard Harpsichords Carey Beebe Harpsichords Australia Gerald Self Harpsichords Zuckermann Harpsichords International Jensen Harpsichords Xavier Leigh-Flanders Harpsichords William Mitchell Harpsichords Sorli Lautenwerk and Harpsichords Les Clavecins Yves Beaupré Claviers Baroques - "Upper Canada Historical Keyboards in Toronto, Ontario, Canada" Carl Dudash Harpsichords Rawnsley's Musical Instruments John Storrs Workshop Lark in the Morning instruments The Instrument Workshop, Ashland OR Jan F.H. Kalsbeek Early Keyboards of Atlanta
Clavichord recordings by Bradley Lehman Robert Hill The Dioptra Group (Hill, Hill, Ploger) Igor Kipnis Bradley Brookshire Bonnie Choi Asako Hirabayashi John Sankey, Harpsichordist to the Internet Foundation for Baroque Music (Robert Conant/Kenneth Slowik)
Harpsichord Clearing House Net Instruments - musical instrument classified ads The Hot Harpsichord Information Center by Barbara Cadranel French Harpsichords (reference by Dr R Dean Anderson) Survey of Recorded French Harpsichord Music by Francois Velde Big Duck's Harpsichord Miscellany ...see especially the primer about different instrument styles French and English Lexicon of Harpsichord Terms The Difference Between Piano and Harpsichord Touch Keyboard temperament analysis spreadsheet by Bradley Lehman The Gentle Clavichord, an amusing fashion article from 1962 Harpsichord and Clavichord WebRing (more links) Bach-Keyboard links (from mailing list)
Societies and Museums
HPSCHD-L (discussion group for builders, players, enthusiasts) and its Harpsichord Photo Gallery Clavichord discussion group at Yahoo (formerly at eGroups or OneList) Boston Clavichord Society SEHKS (Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society) Deutsche Clavichord Societät Historical Musical Instrument Collection, Vassar College Russell Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments, University of Edinburgh Early Music Network
Sheet Music Plus: Musician Store Tyre & Goudzwaard double owned by Pro Gloria Musicae CONTINUO magazine BACH International Harpsichord Festival New Trinity Baroque, Atlanta GA
This site is indexed in Starting Point, the WWW Yellow Pages, Yahoo, and other web indexes.
It is referenced in the New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians 2nd edition on the web.
It is also featured as an educational resource by Classroom Webivore, and has been highly rated by Schoolzone.
hits since June 4, 1996.