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Clavichord

Roman Chlada playing the Clavichord

René Clemencic described the clavichord as the most quiet, expressive and delicate of all keyboard instruments. Its subtle sound and the intensity in expressiveness is due to its simple mechanics: The sound is created by a simple touch of the chord.

My clavichord was built by Thomas Glück. It was modeled after different instruments of the 15th and 16th century, giving special attention to the one shown in wooden inlays of the Studiolo of Federigo da Montefeltro in Urbino (ca. 1470).

Music samples:

Paul Hofhaymer (1459-1537), Ain frewlich wesenn in re
Antonio de Cabezon (1510-1566), Pisne me Pulvenir (nach Tomas Criquillion)
Claudio Merulo (1533-1604), Toccata del Terzo Tuono

At the Clavichord Symposium at Magnano, ItalyNote: The clavichord truly is very quiet. If you turn up the volume on your speakers, the sound will be incorrect.

Previously played arrangements on this instrument:

Paul und die Paulomimen - Paul Hofhaymer (1459-1537) & seine Schule
Johann Jacob Froberger (1616-1667) - Libro secondo di Toccate &c.
Claudio Merulo (1533-1604) - Toccate, Ricercari & Canzone
Francisco Correa de Arauxo (1584-1654) - VII Tientos aus der Faculdad Organica
Antonio de Cabezon (1510-1566) - Tientos, Versos, Glosadas & Diferencias