Anonymous

This double-manual instrument was most probably made in Paris , and is one of the earliest surviving French harpsichords. It shows many Italianate features in its construction, as well as in its brass-scaled stringing throughout. These features combine to give an instrument with character and colour, and with considerable projection – ideal for the works of Chambonnieres, de la Guerre, Louis Couperin and their contemporaries. It is also very successful in small ensembles and continuo.

Also available as a single-manual instrument.

Details

Range GG-AA – d3,
or short and broken octave GG/BB – c3 as original.
Transposing A392-415 or 415-440.
Disposition Double  lower 8′, 4′, optional buff   upper 8′                        shove coupler
Keyboards Ebony naturals with carved trefoil fronts, solid bone accidentals
Decoration

Solid walnut, or painted and gilded

 

Dimensions 

Double 86” x 32” (218 x 82cm)

Single 81” x 32” (206 x 82cm)

Price

Double – £17500

Single – £12500

Soundboard decoration from £850

Table stand from £2150

Walnut case £950

Anon French 1667 - Louis Couperin 'Allemande in D major'

by Robin Bigwood