Wednesday, 12 February 2014

The Harpsichord - The World's Most Beautiful Instrument

If there was a poll about which instrument is the most beautiful, my vote would go to the harpsichord (cembalo). The shape of a harpsichord is beautiful as such, but what makes some of the historic instruments stand out, are the magnificent decorative images painted on them.

This 1682 harpsichord was photographed in Rome's Rospigliosi palace in ca 1897. The owner was Prince Rospigliosi. The Rospigliosi-Pallavicini family still owns the palace, but whether the instrument still is there, I do not know.


In case you are interested in harpsichords and harpsichord music, and excellent source is this site.

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