Coimbra Exhibition

Double-keyboard harpsichord

CreatorIoannes Ruckers
Place of OriginAntwerp; Belgium
DescriptionIoannes Ruckers did not make a mistake when he failed to align the two keyboards on this harpsichord. At the time the two sets of keys were never expected to be played together. When fashion and music tastes changed, owners upgraded their instruments so they could play two keyboards at the same time. This is the only known example of a seventeenth-century double-keyboard harpsichord that has survived with its original, unaligned keyboards.
TagsHarpsichord; keyboard; Antwerp; Ruckers
Dimensions786 x 269 x 2243
CategoryThe Arts
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Photographic CreditsDigital Imaging Unit
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