Instrumentum magnum : harpsichord solo
by Caroline Wilkins (1995)
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The title refers to an early invention by Robert Fludd in 1600 of a mechanical musical instrument consisting of a fretted board attached with quills that descended slowly through the strings of a horizontally-placed, trapeze-shaped lyre. The speed of descent was checked by means of gradually unwinding / winding multiple spools, thereby setting off quills into contact with the corresponding strings. The title acknowledges the evolution of the harpsichord from its early, more primitive form - that of a mechanical psaltery. The work is written for a five-octave, two-manualed harpsichord with 8' on both manuals and 4' in the lower manual. The instrument should be amplified for performance.
Instrumentation: Solo harpsichord.
Duration: 6 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmic
Dedication note: Dedicated to Jane Chapman
First performance: by Jane Chapman — 9 Sep 95. Southampton University, UK
Performances of this work
9 Sep 95: Southampton University, UK. Featuring Jane Chapman.
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