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Clavichord

Date:
mid-18th century
Geography:
Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Various materials
Dimensions:
L. perpendicular to keyboard:
excluding moulding: 34.4 cm; including moulding: 35.5. cm
W. parallel to keyboard:
excluding moulding: 11.2.2 cm; including moulding: 114.7 cm
D. excluding lid: 7.8 cm
Keyboard total span: 71.6 cm
c-b2: 47.5 cm

*Fretting and scaling (measured from bridge to tangent, closer string to front).
Pairs 1-12 unfretted (C-B, C-93.7
13: c = 74.2; c# = 70.5
14: d
15: d# = 67.8; e = 64.1
16: f = 62.6; f# = 58.9
17: g = 57.2; g# = 54.5
18: a
19: a# = 51.7; b = 49.0
20: c' = 47.4; c#' = 44.9
21: d'
22: d#' = 41.8; e' = 39.2
23: f' = 37.9; f#' = 35.9
24: g' = 34.1; g#' = 32.2
25: a'
26: a#' = 29.6; b' = 28.0
27: c² = 26.5; c#² = 25.3
28: d²
29: d#² = 23.0; e² = 21.8
30: f² = 20.5; f#² = 19.4
31: g² = 18.3; g#² = 17.4
32: a² = 16.5; a#² = 15.7
33: b² = 14.9; c³ = 14.0
34: c#³ = 13.2; d³ = 12.5
35: d#³ = 11.7; e³ = 11.0
Classification:
Chordophone-Zither-struck-clavichord
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.3137
Not on view
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord 1440-1840. Donald H. Boalch and Charles Mould, 1991, Oxford University Press. Oxford, 1995, pg. 535.

Forgotten Instruments: Exhibition Catalogue of the Katonah Gallery. Exhibition catalogue., Katonah, New York, 1981, pg. 28, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Historical Groups, Gallery 39. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1905, pg. 133.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 269.

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