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
Diez Eichler

Basso Continuo – An Introduction

Based on historical sources

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 671934

27.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Johann Pachelbel - Suiten für Cembalo
Johann Pachelbel

Suiten für Cembalo

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 214205

24.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
François Couperin - L'art de toucher Le Clavecin
François Couperin

L'art de toucher Le Clavecin

The Art of playing the Harpsichord

for: Harpsichord

Music lesson book

Item no.: 284706

20.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
George Frideric Handel - Keyboard Works I-IV
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

88.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Joe Riposo - Bebop Scales
Joe Riposo

Bebop Scales

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

for: Instrument [voice]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 493356

9.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
German Keyboard Music

German Keyboard Music

Musica per la tastiera
Tastenmusik aus dem 16. und 17. Jahrhundert
Német billentyűs muzsika

for: Piano [harpsichord/organ]

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 266335

11.75 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Jesper Bøje Christensen - 18th Century Continuo Playing
Jesper Bøje Christensen

18th Century Continuo Playing

A Historical Guide to the Basics

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 155243

45.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 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 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
George Frideric Handel - Water Music & Music for the Royal Fireworks
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

43.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Répertoire pour le Clavecin 1

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 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Pieces for Harpsichord (Volume 1)

Pieces for Harpsichord (Volume 1)

Le Pupitre - Heugel

for: Harpsichord

Book

Item no.: 239776

21.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Manuale der Orgel- und Cembalotechnik

Manuale der Orgel- und Cembalotechnik

Fingerübungen und Etüden 1571-1760

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 282917

51.65 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Jean-Philippe Rameau - Complete Keyboard Works 1-3
Jean-Philippe Rameau

Complete Keyboard Works 1-3

Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Harpsichord

3 music scores

Item no.: 142410

118.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Keyboard Music of the Late Middle Ages in Codex Faenza 117

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 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–2 months
Domenico Scarlatti - 25 Sonaten
Domenico Scarlatti

25 Sonaten

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 138800

26.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Continuo Playing According To Handel

Continuo Playing According To Handel

His figured bass exercises
Early Music Series vol.12

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 586877

58.10 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Eric Taylor - First Steps in Music Theory
Eric Taylor

First Steps in Music Theory

Grades 1–5

for: Instrument [voice]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 157413

8.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Helen Keaney - Figured Bass for Beginners
Helen Keaney

Figured Bass for Beginners

A Self-Paced Primer in Playing from a Figured Bass

for: Harpsichord [organ manuals]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 565277

29.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Susanne Costa - Glossary of Harpsichord Terms
Susanne Costa

Glossary of Harpsichord Terms

for: Harpsichord

Book (lexicon)

Item no.: 246233

6.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Complete Color-Coded Flash Cards

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

8.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Guide to Early Keyboard Music – France 1

Guide to Early Keyboard Music – France 1

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 770916

26.70 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Johann Pachelbel - Complete Works For Keyboard Instruments 7
Johann Pachelbel

Complete Works For Keyboard Instruments 7

Sämtliche Werke für Tasteninstrumente

for: Harpsichord

Music score

Item no.: 609157

62.40 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Garwood Whaley - Basics in Rhythm
Garwood Whaley

Basics in Rhythm

Meredith Music Resource

for: Instrument [voice]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 428809

17.15 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–2 months
Max Gaertner - Rhythmical Ear Training – Level 1
Max Gaertner

Rhythmical Ear Training – Level 1

for: Instrument [voice]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 695669

24.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Domenico Scarlatti - Sonate per clavicembalo 1
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 1

Edizione critica

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 388953

44.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
François Couperin - L'Art de toucher le clavecin
François Couperin

L'Art de toucher le clavecin

Alfred masterwork edition

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 637038

18.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–5 weeks
Girolamo Frescobaldiet al. - Fiori musicali
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

84.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Giovanni Battista degli Antonii - Ricercate op. 1
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 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Ralph Kirkpatrick - Interpreting Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier
Ralph Kirkpatrick

Interpreting Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier

A Performer`s Discourse of Method

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Book (softcover)

Item no.: 297282

45.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–2 months
Pieter Dirksen - The Keyboard Music of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Pieter Dirksen

The Keyboard Music of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Its Style, Significance and Influence

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Book (Hardcover)

Item no.: 227700

58.40 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Suzanne L. Burtonet al. - Ready, Set, Improvise!
Suzanne L. Burton, Alden H. Snell

Ready, Set, Improvise!

The Nuts and Bolts of Music Improvisation

for: Instrument [voice]

Book (softcover)

Item no.: 681777

18.10 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
The Harpsichord

The Harpsichord

The Cambridge Companion to Music

for: Harpsichord

Book (softcover)

Item no.: 979274

30.60 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Girolamo Frescobaldi - Recercari et canzoni franzese
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

84.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Music Flash Cards – Set B

Music Flash Cards – Set B

120 cards for any late elementary music student

for: Instrument [voice]

Cards (teaching material)

Item no.: 474560

10.99 €plus shipping
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Domenico Scarlatti - Sonate per clavicembalo 10
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 10

Essercizi per gravicembalo

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 779029

39.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
George Frideric Handel - Pieces for harpsichord
George Frideric Handel

Pieces for harpsichord

Cembalodarabok

for: Harpsichord

Music score

Item no.: 255216

18.70 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Great Italian Masters of the 16th-17th Century

Great Italian Masters of the 16th-17th Century

Ricordi Instrumental Library

for: Harpsichord

Buch

Item no.: 619978

24.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Howard Ferguson - Keyboard interpretation from the 14th to the 19th century
Howard Ferguson

Keyboard interpretation from the 14th to the 19th century

An Introduction

for: Piano [harpsichord]

Book (softcover)

Item no.: 123390

79.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
The Art of the French Unmeasured Prelude Band 1-3

The Art of the French Unmeasured Prelude Band 1-3

France 1660-1720

for: Harpsichord

Item no.: 446712

99.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Elisabeth Lutyens - Pietá Op.104
Elisabeth Lutyens

Pietá Op.104

for: Harpsichord

Book

Item no.: 981189

18.10 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
William Byrd - My Ladye Nevells Booke
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

211.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Kaija Saariaho - Jardin Secret II
Kaija Saariaho

Jardin Secret II

Harpsichord Part

for: Harpsichord

Book

Item no.: 320742

19.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Theory Past Papers 2018 – Grade 1

Theory Past Papers 2018 – Grade 1

May 2018 (A and B Papers)

for: Instrument [voice]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 681371

4.14 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Six suites of lessons for the harpsichord

Six suites of lessons for the harpsichord

Le Pupitre - Heugel

for: Harpsichord

Book

Item no.: 993554

21.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Ivor Gurney - The Western Playland (and of Sorrow)
Ivor Gurney

The Western Playland (and of Sorrow)

Song Cycle

for: Voice (baritone), 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet), piano

Score

Item no.: 929050

27.85 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Specimen Sight-Reading Tests for Harpsichord

Specimen Sight-Reading Tests for Harpsichord

Grades 4-8

for: Harpsichord

Book

Item no.: 1163314

10.45 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Christopher Tarrantet al. - The Symphony: From Mannheim to Mahler
Christopher Tarrant, Natalie Wild

The Symphony: From Mannheim to Mahler

A guide to the development of the symphony through the 18th and 19th centuries

for: Instrument [voice]

Book

Item no.: 1192864

22.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–5 weeks
Anna Thorvaldsdottir - Fingerprints
Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Fingerprints

Gegenwartsmusik

for: Harpsichord

Buch

Item no.: 1193606

12.85 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Reginald Owen Morris - Figured harmony at the Keyboard 1
Reginald Owen Morris

Figured harmony at the Keyboard 1

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 605716

30.70 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
William Bolcomet al. - William Bolcom - Le Fantome du Clavecin
William Bolcom, Davitt Moroney

William Bolcom - Le Fantome du Clavecin

E.B. Marks

for: Harpsichord

Score, Parts

Item no.: 1107901

21.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )

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