From the Clavichord to the Modern Piano - Part 1 of 2

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  • ℹ️ Published 12 years ago

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Literally the only guy I've seen who actually understands and physically plays an instrument when showcasing it, unlike most other boring reporters who are just reading off memorized script.

Author — Irisce


For anyone searching - I've finally found it: The piece at 6:12 is from the Antwerpener Tanzbuch (Chorearum Molliorum Collectanea, 1583) by Pierre Phalèse and is called Gaillarde Mais pourqoy. So far, I've only found a recording with an arrangement for multiple instruments, not for solo harpsichord.

Author — tls


My grandmother has a harpsichord I used to play on all the time when I was a kid. You can really feel the pluck when you press down each key, it's a completely different feeling from playing piano.

Author — TheDude4077


The harpsichord sounds like a mix of a modern piano and a guitar, that's why I love it!

Author — C T


the harpsichord is so very fabulous. it makes you feel as though you are in the renaissance

Author — Chris S


Excellent explanation of the differences between the harpsichord, clavichord, and piano. Thanks so much. You are, or would make, a great teacher. Your grasp of the subject and clear explanations should set the standard for others.

Author — Steve M


I was told the clavi/harps had limitations that the piano solved...however they still have its own character and I appreciate it

Author — Justin Reyes


I love the sound of the clavichord and the harpsichord. They are my favorite of the keyboard instruments from before the modern electronic era. Well, I suppose you also have to add in the organ but that's in a different class. I especially love the small, almost lute-like quality of the clavichord.

Author — bwhog


My grandma's friend's late husband had a Clavichord. It sounds really nice!

Author — Celosia Ganaha Priskos


Thanks for a set of great presentations.
I appreciate the comparison of the fortepiano to the clarinet. You are right. I just never made the connection.

Also, thanks for the comparison to the guitar at several points in your presentation. Lutes and guitars are some of the oldest string instruments we know, so the connection to the keyboard instruments is inescapable (but the history of plucked instruments and their connection forward seems to have eluded many musicians and historians. King Louis XIV was a guitarist, for example. One should think, therefore, that guitar music from that time would provide a source for understanding the performance of French baroque music.)

As a guitarist, I always assumed that the change in sound intensity when pushing the instrument was an inferiority, compared to the modern piano. I need to rethink that. Thank you!

Author — Lars Frandsen


David Schrader is one of the most incredible keyboardists I have ever seen in my entire life. He had an organ that was installed in his office at ccpa in chicago- that's how highly he's regarded.

Author — Sheldon Miller


I’m impressed at how he’s well versed in all these instruments. These pianos are very different from one another ... you really have to have a good ear to be able to be get the flow.

Author — Kelly Henderson


Wonderful presentation. Thank you for making it. Any chance you could make more on other instruments such as the celesta? It’s really nice how you explain the history of the instruments and how they work.

Author — Passed High School Physics


Oh how beautiful these instruments sound. I love the sound of the harpsichord.

Author — Lee Bee


Such a great video. Very well, clear explained. And entertaining. Thanks!

Author — Pablo Gómez


Thanks for making this - informative and fascinating! I had a chance to play a harpsichord as a kid and its coolness has stuck with me to this day.

Author — cjcam930


Harpsichord is majestic and heavenly instrument, I would listen to it for the whole eternity.

Author — Sugar Queen


Well done! Nicely played! Thank you. As an organist who has played all, and owned a harpsichord, I am so thankful for the modern piano. (Also like thathe camera is moved showing us different angles.)

Author — Robert Gift


I've got this amazing software called Pianoteq and it physically models the Cimbalon, Clavichord, Harpischord, and historical pianos from 1790 up to modern grands. It's great to play along with this video. They sound amazingly close. The software is free to try. There's even a Walter, shown at the end - from 1790.

Author — yoni23able


Thank you for your videos, I have seen them all and they are all informative, entertaining, and very well-realized. I would like to ask: what's the piece that plays as an introduction at the beginning of each video?

Author — VoceCorale