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Harpsichord – Sheet Music, Tuition & Scores

"Brightly the keys, all twinkling, linked, all harpsichording, called to a voice to sing the strain of dewy morn..." James Joyce

The harpsichord is widely seen as the forerunner of the modern day piano, the main difference being its plucking mechanism, rather than hammers, which gives it its distinct sound, the sound of the Renaissance and the Baroque, signalling in a new dawn for early music.

Concert pitch at the time was 415 Hz, approximately a semitone lower than today, which is 440 Hz. The harpsichord it very sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and humidity, and needs to be tuned at least once a day. The tuning process only takes about 20 minutes on average, so it is a small price to pay, for a beautiful, clean tone.

Not only is the harpsichord an excellent solo instrument, for which many works (such as sonatas, suites, toccatas, variations and many more) were written by composers such as B. Sweelinck, J. S. Bach, his son C. P. E. Bach, D. Scarlatti, Handel and F. Couperin, but the harpsichord, alongside the Organ, Theorbo and Lute, plays a central role in the basso continuo in most Baroque ensembles.

The harpsichord forms the harmonic bridge between melody and bass, and its central role within the basso continuo is comparable to the modern keyboard’s function in a rock, pop or jazz band.

One of the main features of the Baroque style for harpsichord is ornamentation, such as trills, mordents, turns and tremolo, which are particularly prominent in the French Baroque with composers such as Francois Couperin and Rameau. Many such ornaments can also be found in the famous Well-Tempered Clavier (1722) by J. S. Bach.

As a favoured instrument of the bourgeoisie and royalty, the untimely end of the harpsichord was brought about by the people’s revolts of the French Revolution (1789 to 1799), harpsichords and clavichords were thrown out of the windows onto the streets of Paris in anger and burned!

With the revival of early music in the 1970s, more and more new harpsichords were built. Pioneers such as B. Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and Nikolaus Harnoncourt reinvented Renaissance and Baroque style, and the harpsichord grew in popularity, and was once again seen on concert stages, and in chamber venues all around the world.

Today you can find harpsichords built in Flemish, French, Italian, Austrian and German styles all over the world. They all have their own individual character and tone. Historical performance practice has now become second nature for harpsichord players, and has influenced the way we approach modern keyboard instruments, and most importantly how we view the piano.

Carry on harpsichording

Diez Eichler

Basso Continuo – An Introduction

Based on historical sources

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 671934

24.90 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
George Frideric Handel

Water Music & Music for the Royal Fireworks

HWV 348-351
Keyboard fireworks

for: Harpsichord [organ]; Flute [oboe/violin], basso continuo ad lib.

Ensemble score, solo parts

Item no.: 634734

39.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Suzanne L. Burton, Alden H. Snell

Ready, Set, Improvise!

The Nuts and Bolts of Music Improvisation

for: Instrument [voice]

Boek (softcover)

Item no.: 681777

18.10 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
François Couperin

L'art de toucher Le Clavecin

The Art of playing the Harpsichord

for: Harpsichord

Music lesson book

Item no.: 284706

18.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Johann Pachelbel

Suiten für Cembalo

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 214205

24.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Richard Siegel: Apprendre à toucher le clavecin 1

Türk: Moderato

Richard Siegel

Apprendre à toucher le clavecin 1

Un choix d'exercices et de pièces pour débutants en deux volumes

for: Harpsichord

Music lesson book, demo CD

Item no.: 466494

32.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

Complete Color-Coded Flash Cards

for all beginning Students
89 Cards with all the Notes, Symbols and Terms needed for the first 2 Years

for: Instrument [voice]

Cards (teaching material)

Item no.: 668968

7.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
George Frideric Handel

Keyboard Works I-IV

Special edition for the Handel memorial year 2009
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Piano [harpsichord]

4 music scores (Urtext)

Item no.: 483531

79.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

Manuale der Orgel- und Cembalotechnik

Fingerübungen und Etüden 1571-1760

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 282917

46.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

Music Flash Cards – Set B

120 cards for any late elementary music student

for: Instrument [voice]

Cards (teaching material)

Item no.: 474560

10.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

Keyboard Music of the Late Middle Ages in Codex Faenza 117

Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae 57

for: Harpsichord

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 580927

52.20 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks
Johann Pachelbel

Complete Works For Keyboard Instruments 7

Sämtliche Werke für Tasteninstrumente

for: Harpsichord

Music score

Item no.: 609157

62.40 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Domenico Scarlatti

25 Sonaten

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 138800

25.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Ulrike Engelke

Music and Language

Interpretation der Frühen Musik nach überlieferten Regeln
Music and Language

for: Baroque instrument(s) and vocals

Book

Item no.: 613741

39.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Pieter Dirksen

The Keyboard Music of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Its Style, Significance and Influence

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Book (Hardcover)

Item no.: 227700

89.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.

Continuo Playing According To Handel

His figured bass exercises
Early Music Series vol.12

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 586877

55.30 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.

Répertoire pour le Clavecin 1

en deux volumes : Volume 1
Texte français, anglais, allemand et espagnol

for: Harpsichord

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 584815

25.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Jesper Bøje Christensen

18th Century Continuo Playing

A Historical Guide to the Basics

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 155243

41.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Susanne Costa

Glossary of Harpsichord Terms

for: Harpsichord

Book (lexicon)

Item no.: 246233

6.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )

How To Blitz! ABRSM Theory Grade 1

Blitz!

for: Instrument [voice]

Music score

Item no.: 662744

13.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Ton Koopman

Studies in Baroque

Festschrift Ton Koopman

for: Baroque instrument(s) and vocals

Book (Hardcover)

Item no.: 632874

16.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 1

Edizione critica

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 388953

42.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Jean-Philippe Rameau

Complete Keyboard Works 1-3

Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Harpsichord

3 music scores

Item no.: 142410

102.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

Guide to Early Keyboard Music – France 1

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 770916

26.70 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
François Couperin

L'Art de toucher le clavecin

Alfred masterwork edition

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 637038

18.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Giovanni Battista degli Antonii

Ricercate op. 1

für Violoncello oder Cembalo
enthält auch die wiederentdeckte Violinstimme

for: Cello [harpsichord]; violin ad lib.

Score, part

Item no.: 625843

29.80 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
William Byrd

My Ladye Nevells Booke

Facsimile British Library MS Mus. 1591
Documenta musicologica II/44 / Bärenreiter Facsimile (Faksimile) (Facsimile)

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music score (reprint, hardcover)

Item no.: 610741

192.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Maurice Greene

A Collection of Lessons for the Harpsichord

Facsimile reproduction

for: Harpsichord

Music lesson book (reprint)

Item no.: 314493

31.90 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Max Gaertner

Rhythmical Ear Training – Level 1

for: Instrument [voice]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 695669

24.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Reginald Owen Morris

Figured harmony at the Keyboard 1

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 605716

29.30 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Girolamo Frescobaldi, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini

Fiori musicali

di diversi composizioni toccate, kyrie, canzoni, capricci e recercari in partitura a quattro
Monumenti Musicali Italiani XII (2 volumes)
Girolamo Frescobaldi Opere complete XII

for: Harpsichord [organ]

2 music scores

Item no.: 697801

79.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Howard Ferguson

Keyboard interpretation from the 14th to the 19th century

An Introduction

for: Piano [harpsichord]

Boek (softcover)

Item no.: 123390

71.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Victor Rangel-Ribeiro

Baroque Music

A Practical Guide for the Performer

for: Baroque instrument(s) and vocals

Study book

Item no.: 769514

12.80 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

Theory Past Papers 2018 – Grade 1

May 2018 (A and B Papers)

for: Instrument [voice]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 681371

3.54 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Ralph Kirkpatrick

Interpreting Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier

A Performer`s Discourse of Method

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Boek (softcover)

Item no.: 297282

45.30 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Arnold Dolmetsch

The Interpretation of the Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries

for: Baroque instrument(s) and vocals

Study book

Item no.: 152018

29.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks
Joe Riposo

Bebop Scales

Jazz Scales & Patterns in all 12 Keys
Phrase like a pro!

for: Instrument [voice]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 493356

9.95 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Eric Taylor

First Steps in Music Theory

Grades 1–5

for: Instrument [voice]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 157413

8.30 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 10

Essercizi per gravicembalo

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 779029

39.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Girolamo Frescobaldi

Recercari et canzoni franzese

fatte sopra diversi oblighi in partitura
Monumenti Musicali Italiani
Girolamo Frescobaldi Opere complete XII

for: Harpsichord [organ]

2 music scores

Item no.: 695021

79.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Girolamo Frescobaldi

Canzoni alla francese

Libero Quarto
Monumenti Musicali Italiani X
Girolamo Frescobaldi Opere complete

for: Harpsichord [organ]

2 music scores

Item no.: 744998

79.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Luca Francesconi

Mambo

for: Harpsichord

Music score

Item no.: 773078

17.99 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Poul Ruders

Cembal d'Amore - First Book

for: Piano [harpsichord]

Book

Item no.: 838962

37.50 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.

Bach's Continuo Group

Players and practices in his vocal works
Studies in the History of Music 3

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 350969

93.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks
Furugh Karimi

MusicGym

Effektiv üben und unterrichten – stressfrei musizieren
mit Übungen aus Musik-Kinesiologie und Brain-Gym®

for: Instrument [voice]

Study book

Item no.: 658702

27.90 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Johann Sebastian Bach

The Well-Tempered Clavier I

Part 1: BWV 846-869
Henle Urtext Edition

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 401105

23.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Johann Sebastian Bach

Goldberg-Variationen BWV 988

Henle Urtext Editions

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 401124

14.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Hermann Grabner

Generalbassübungen

als Anleitung zum Continuospiel und freien Improvisieren in drei Lehrgängen
Mit 43 Originalsätzen der Generalbassliteratur

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 408255

10.80 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

Neue Vorspiele und Intonationen

zum Evangelischen Gesangbuch (Bayern/ Thüringen)

for: Organ [harmonium/harpsichord/piano]

Music score (spiral binding)

Item no.: 562050

35.00 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Johann Sebastian Bach

Italian Concerto BWV 971

with Fingerings
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 426089

8.25 €(incl. VAT, plus shipping)
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

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