Original Ruckers virginal-spinet 1604: “My Ladye Nevells Grownde” by William Byrd

Original Ruckers virginal-spinet 1604: “My Ladye Nevells Grownde” by William Byrd.


William Byrd’s “My Ladye Nevells Grownde” from My Ladye Nevells Booke of virginal music, “finished & ended the leventh of September in the yeare of our lorde god 1591…” More information about the piece and the whole manuscript, together with a full scan from the British Library, available online: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/virtua….

The instrument is an original Ruckers virginal-spinet, now in the possession of Piccola Academia di Montisi (http://www.piccolaaccademia.org/).

Performed by Aleksander Mocek, 2013.


Beautiful musical instruments from the Baroque

Beautiful musical instruments from the Baroque- Classic FM picture slideshow.

From exquisite Stradivarius violins and epic organs to lavishly decorated harpsichords, this is the Baroque at its most spectacular.
Baroque instruments are truly a marvel to behold! Look at the lids of these harpsichords, clavichords and virginals- such exquisite detail! Beautiful craftsmanship of which is not seen today. Despite all our “advanced” technology nobody can replicate the Stradivarius violin to the standard of that time.

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The Christopher Hogwood collection of historical keyboard instruments:


Robert de Visée Prélude et Allemande, Jonas Nordberg, on the Theorbo

Robert de Visée Prélude et Allemande, Jonas Nordberg, on the Theorbo.

Swedish lutenist Jonas Nordberg performs the Prélude and Allemande from the Suite in a minor for theorbo by Robert de Visée.

de Visée was a prominent composer and luteplayer working at the court of Louis XIV in France. His solo repertoire for theorbo and baroque guitar has survived as some of the greatest pieces for the instruments.

Jonas Nordberg has established himself as one of the most interesting Swedish lutenists and guitarists. A versatile musician performing a wide range of styles and repertoire he is in high demand both as a soloist and chamber musician and continuo player. Mr. Nordberg has won prizes in numerous competitions and performed in important concert halls around Europe.