Herman Willenbrock

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German harpsichords are extremely rare. This example by Herman Willenbrock is the only known instrument from this North German maker and includes both a harpsichord and organ (only the harpsichord is shown). The organ is played from the lower keyboard manual. This instrument was possibly made for George I and may have been known by Handel who visited the court in 1712.

Technical description: Two-manual harpsichord on replacement stand supporting one rank of wood pipes immediately below harpsichord and bellows across stretchers below; C (no. C#)-c3, 2x8' & 1x4' harpsichord registers and coupler; pinblock, nuts, pins, guides, jacks, ribs, bottom new in 1939 (former piano action removed); case exterior decorated with perhaps Dutch chinoiserie, lid interior shows oil landscape with Schulenberg Castle.

Claviorganum, Herman Willenbrock, wood, various materials, German

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