Tag: organology

keyboard viscera… for science!

Later this month Charles Metz is slated to give a Zoom talk on historical keyboards for the Newberry Consort, and the next #NCGreatPerformances video is designed as a companion piece. It features recordings of three works from three periods played on three period-style instruments. I was asked to give each piece its own title card…
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de Bry’s “Kattenconcert”

It’s the organological details on the cats-n-dogs-ichord that get me: paws coming out the front, helper grabbing tails at the back. Does the player touch the paws or the keys? Is the tail-grabber like the guy who works the pumps on an organ? See the whole thing at the Rijksmuseum here.