Category Archives: Early Historical Instruments

Catastrophic fire at national instrument museum in Norway

Catastrophic fire at national instrument museum in Norway Some very sad news….precious historical instruments damaged, perhaps for good. What a tragedy; I can understand why this has reduced staff at the museum to tears. Employees of the Ringve Museum were sifting … Continue reading

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Doing a good turn: Hurdy-Gurdy

Doing a good turn: Hurdy-Gurdy By Robin Green. “As he leaves the piano to try his hand at the hurdy-gurdy at this year’s Vale of Glamorgan Festival, Robin Green chronicles a pianist’s journey back to square one.” In these days … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Fretted and Unfretted Clavichords- video demonstration

Fretted and Unfretted Clavichords- video demonstration.

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Daniel Mantey plays ‘Estampie’ – THE OLDEST keyboard piece ever, ca.1360 on Clavichord

Daniel Mantey plays – ‘Estampie’ – THE OLDEST keyboard piece ever, ca.1360 on Clavichord. What an interesting sound!

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Double-Blind Violin Test: Can You Pick The Strad?

Double-Blind Violin Test: Can You Pick The Strad? In the world of violins, the names Stradivari and Guarneri are sacred. For three centuries, violin-makers and scientists have studied the instruments made by these Italian craftsmen. So far no one has … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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