Forgotten Instruments

So, you think you know everything there is to know about early music.  You have seen every type of viola da gamba, you know the difference between harpsichords, muselaars, virginals, and spinettes, you keep dental floss on hand for woodwinds, and instruments with umpteen strings don’t phase you for a moment.  Well, after my recent post on the Lira Organizzata, I figured I would introduce you to some of the other gems that society has lost, some of which I suspect will be new to you!

Clavichord

Let’s start out easy on you…

The predecessor to the fortepiano hit the strings, which allowed its player some control over dynamics.

Ok, too easy!

Clavicytherium

This is a vertical version of the clavichord:

Here is a very (slow) introduction to one:

Portativ

Do you like the portability of the harmonium, but desire pipes instead of reads:

They can have metal pipes as well:

And they come in “church” size as well:

Regal

Maybe you like the reeds, but still want to be silly.  Try on a regal:

Well, enough of that.

I hope you saw something new today.

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