So, my clavichord started getting lonely with all the attention given to the harpsichord lately, and so I decided I should spend some time with it! Clavichord technique does not take kindly to neglect, I have found. It took quite a while before I could do more than butcher anything I tried to play.

I finally did get something recorded though: Attaingnant‘s setting of Sermisy‘s Tant Que Vivray. It’s curious writing for the keyboard – there isn’t a lot of French repertoire before the clavecinistes come in a hundred years later, and what 16th century music is out there is rarely played these days. But I think it has a certain charm, especially on the clavichord.

After uploading this, I realized that my computer speakers completely massacre this recording, even more than usual. I can barely even discern the melody at the beginning! Give it a chance with headphones or half-decent speakers, if you can.

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Don’t worry – no more recordings today. I have other work to do!

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One Comment to “Clavichord”

  1. Peter Chellew says:

    Have just begun to explore your web-page. Fascinating, much of interest to me. I came primarily to hear your Attaingnant, very nice, but became distracted by the Desencios, Allegro non troppo! Very interesting writing and superb playing. I shall return. Cheers, Peter