Dr Dan Tidhar
An Insight Lecture-recital
Early keyboard instruments which involve plucking of strings (sometimes simply referred to as “plucked keyboard instruments”) come in many different sizes and shapes, which vary according to time, geography, musical style and function.
This lecture-recital will focus on three distinguished members of this family of instruments: the virginals, the Italian single-manual harpsichord and the French double-manual harpsichord. Dr Tidhar will present fine examples of these instruments, outline the structural and acoustic similarities and differences between them, and will demonstrate how these affect the particular idioms of composition and performance for which the individual instruments are particularly suitable.
The musical examples will include excerpts from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, early English and Italian Baroque as well as high Baroque German and French harpsichord music.