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Early Keyboard Instruments in European Museums"Early Keyboard Instruments in European Museums" is a spectacular book written by Edward L. Kottick and George Lucktenberg. Kottick is Emeritus Professor of Musicology at the University of Iowa, author of The Harpsichord Owner's Guide, and a longtime agent for ZHI. A builder himself, he writes a regular column in Continuo magazine for owners and builders. Lucktenberg is Adjunct Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Reinhardt College, and has been director of the Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Awards since 1980.
Readers are invited on a guided tour of the more important and unusual holdings in 47 museums in 16 European countries, such as the Cristofori pianos in Rome and Leipzig, The Hague's 1769 clavicytherium, and the most copied harpsichord in the world, a 1769 instrument by Taskin in Edinburgh.
Here you can learn about the important contributions of such builders as Broadwood, Dulcken, Graf, Hass, Kirkman, Mietke, the Ruckers family, Shudi, the Silbermanns, Stein, Streicher (the first female piano builder), Walter and Zenti. Elements of appearance, sound and playing mechanism of individual harpsichords, clavichords and early pianos are explored, as well as their historical significance, relationship to other instruments and the changes (good and bad) wrought by restorations.
The authors provide travelers with essential information on each museum and a short description of the city in which it is located (information based on their own experience conducting tours to many of these collections). This generously illustrated book concludes with a glossary of technical terms and an index of makers. Cloth, 304 pp., 119 b&w photos. Indiana University Press 0-253-33239-7.