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AEM ONLINE – Recreating a Medieval Hammered Clavisimbalum – The Road Less Taken, with Paul Poletti
January 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST$25
The manuscript of Henri Arnaut de Zwolle (1400-1466) preserved in the Bibliothèque nationale de France is the earliest surviving text describing details of the design of the organ, the lute, and strung keyboard instruments, including not only the harpsichord and clavichord, but also the first known proposal for a hammered action. Thus when the medievalist David Catalunya approached me in 2009 with the proposal of building a hammered “clavisimbalum”, it seemed only natural to begin the process there, as a number of other makers had done. Ultimately, after a careful scrutiny of the work – including a trip to Paris to examine the original – I would come to the conclusion that the text was actually of very little practical value. In this talk, we’ll be taking a deep dive into de Zwolle’s descriptions, discovering many problems and faults overlooked by generations of musicologists, after which I’ll explain the process of starting anew to re-imagine the instrument within a medieval mindset.
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