Folkwang Universität der Künste
This harpsichord for the Folkwang Universität der Künste from 2012 which was constructed after the model of Blanchet, family of harpsichord makers in Paris for almost a hundred years during the 18. century. It reflects a long evolution of building traditions throughout Europe, shifting from 17 ct. french type of cases to the stirdier flemish models from Antwerp. Those allowing for all kinds of alterations of disposition and decor, according to modern french taste.
Those instruments were given much effort to show up in elegance as a signature of the courtly society in the 18.century. Modern reproductions rarely mirror the charme of the antique instruments. The typical decor of black and vermillion colours, framed by bands of goldleaf, an elaborate soundbord painting (after Hemsch,1754) and the Louis XIV stand with eight conical legs however bring in a lot of original elements. For personal taste, colours have been accompanied by wooden elements of french walnut for the stand and the musicdesk.
Decorative features should be matched by quality of tone and touch. As for all of my instruments, a strong and lively, pure and articulate sound radiates from this harpsichord, based on superb materials and the mature designs of french makers in the 18. century.
Layout based on Blanchet instruments between 1715 and 1765
Disposition 8’ 4’ 8’ registers + Lutestop. Compass FF- f3.
Diapasons 392/415/44o Hz Length 236 cm Width 94 cm
Weight without stand: 65 kg
Construction in 2o1o/2o11
Acquired in 2o11 by Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen and Duisburg, Germany