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Harpsichord – Sheet Music, Tuition & Scores

"Brightly the keys, all twinkling, linked, all harpsichording, called to a voice to sing the strain of dewy morn..." James Joyce

The harpsichord is widely seen as the forerunner of the modern day piano, the main difference being its plucking mechanism, rather than hammers, which gives it its distinct sound, the sound of the Renaissance and the Baroque, signalling in a new dawn for early music.

Concert pitch at the time was 415 Hz, approximately a semitone lower than today, which is 440 Hz. The harpsichord it very sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and humidity, and needs to be tuned at least once a day. The tuning process only takes about 20 minutes on average, so it is a small price to pay, for a beautiful, clean tone.

Not only is the harpsichord an excellent solo instrument, for which many works (such as sonatas, suites, toccatas, variations and many more) were written by composers such as B. Sweelinck, J. S. Bach, his son C. P. E. Bach, D. Scarlatti, Handel and F. Couperin, but the harpsichord, alongside the Organ, Theorbo and Lute, plays a central role in the basso continuo in most Baroque ensembles.

The harpsichord forms the harmonic bridge between melody and bass, and its central role within the basso continuo is comparable to the modern keyboard’s function in a rock, pop or jazz band.

One of the main features of the Baroque style for harpsichord is ornamentation, such as trills, mordents, turns and tremolo, which are particularly prominent in the French Baroque with composers such as Francois Couperin and Rameau. Many such ornaments can also be found in the famous Well-Tempered Clavier (1722) by J. S. Bach.

As a favoured instrument of the bourgeoisie and royalty, the untimely end of the harpsichord was brought about by the people’s revolts of the French Revolution (1789 to 1799), harpsichords and clavichords were thrown out of the windows onto the streets of Paris in anger and burned!

With the revival of early music in the 1970s, more and more new harpsichords were built. Pioneers such as B. Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and Nikolaus Harnoncourt reinvented Renaissance and Baroque style, and the harpsichord grew in popularity, and was once again seen on concert stages, and in chamber venues all around the world.

Today you can find harpsichords built in Flemish, French, Italian, Austrian and German styles all over the world. They all have their own individual character and tone. Historical performance practice has now become second nature for harpsichord players, and has influenced the way we approach modern keyboard instruments, and most importantly how we view the piano.

Carry on harpsichording

J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier I, Klav/Cemb
Johann Sebastian Bach

The Well-Tempered Clavier I

Part 1: BWV 846-869
Henle Urtext Edition

for: Piano [harpsichord]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 401105

28.10  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
R. Hess: Formen und Farben, Org/HrmCeKlv
Reimund Hess

Formen und Farben

for: Organ [harmonium/harpsichord/piano]

Music score

Item no.: 1317242

16.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
D. Eichler: Generalbass - Eine Einführung, Org/Cemb
Diez Eichler

Basso Continuo – An Introduction

Based on historical sources

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 671934

32.20  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
A. Forqueray: Pièces de Clavecin, Cemb
Antoine Forqueray

Pièces de Clavecin

for: Harpsichord

Music score

Item no.: 239769

28.10  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
D. Plamenac: Keyboard Music of the Late Middle Ages in, Cemb

Keyboard Music of the Late Middle Ages in Codex Faenza 117

Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae 57

for: Harpsichord

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 580927

61.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–2 months
G. Muffat: 72 Versetl Samt 12 Toccaten
Gottlieb Muffat

72 Versetl Samt 12 Toccaten

for: Organ (manuals) [harpsichord]

Item no.: 348610

17.60  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
J.S. Bach: Zwei Concerti, Cemb (Cemb)
Johann Sebastian Bach

Zwei Concerti

for: Harpsichord

Music score

Item no.: 469218

12.90  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
J.S. Bach: Inventionen und Sinfonien BWV 772-801, Cemb/Klav
Johann Sebastian Bach

Inventions and Sinfonias BWV 772–801

Bärenreiter Urtext
with Fingerings

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 172511

22.80  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
D. Cimarosa: Sonate 1, Cemb/Klav
Domenico Cimarosa

Sonate 1

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 265340

44.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
W. von Preußen: Concerto in g-Moll, CembStr (Stsatz)
Wilhelmine von Bayreuth

Concerto in g-Moll

Erstveröffentlichung

for: Harpsichord, strings

Set of parts

Item no.: 361256

33.90  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
B. Pasquini: Opere per tastiera 7, Cemb/Org
Bernardo Pasquini

Opere per tastiera 7

London, B1 Bs. Add. 31501, II-III
Tastata – Opere d'intavolatura d'organo e cimbalo

for: Harpsichord [organ]

Music score

Item no.: 773422

36.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
D. Cimarosa: Sonate 2, Cemb/Klav
Domenico Cimarosa

Sonate 2

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 265341

49.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
J.S. Bach: Goldberg-Variationen BWV 988, Cemb/Klav
Johann Sebastian Bach

Goldberg-Variationen BWV 988

Henle Urtext Editions

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 401124

17.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
J.S. Bach: Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann, Klav/Cemb
Johann Sebastian Bach

Clavier-Büchlein for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

for: Piano [harpsichord]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 116759

25.20  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
G. Diruta: Il Transilvano, OrgmCemKlv
Girolamo Diruta

Il Transilvano

for: Organ manuals [harpsichord/piano]

Music score

Item no.: 255852

28.10  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
J.S. Bach: Französische Suiten BWV 812-817, Cemb/Klav
Johann Sebastian Bach

French Suites BWV 812–817

without fingering

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 664942

20.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
F. Couperin: pièces de clavecin 2 (L.P. 22), Cemb
François Couperin

pièces de clavecin 2 (L.P. 22)

for: Harpsichord

Music score

Item no.: 177101

32.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
C.P.E. Bach: 46 Anfangsstücke, Cemb/Klav (Sppa)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

46 Anfangsstücke

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Ensemble score

Item no.: 145103

19.80  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
J. Fiocco: Pièces de Clavecin, Cemb (Part)
Joseph-Hector Fiocco

Pièces de Clavecin

for: Harpsichord

Score

Item no.: 276211

28.10  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
D. Croner: Tabulaturae, Cemb/Klav
Daniel Croner

Tabulaturae

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 255879

15.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier II, Klav/Cemb
Johann Sebastian Bach

The Well-Tempered Clavier II

Part 2: BWV 870-BWV 893
Edition without fingering

for: Piano [harpsichord]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 401228

28.10  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
J.J. Froberger: Suiten für Cembalo, Cemb/Klav
Johann Jakob Froberger

Suites for Harpsichord

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 692282

36.30  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier II, Klav/Cemb
Johann Sebastian Bach

The Well-Tempered Clavier II

for: Piano [harpsichord]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 401125

28.10  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
W. von Preußen: Concerto in g-Moll, CembStr (Part.)
Wilhelmine von Bayreuth

Concerto in g-Moll

for: Harpsichord, strings

Score

Item no.: 335591

22.20  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
J.C. Kerll: Werke Fuer Tasteninstrumente 2
Johann Caspar von Kerll

Sämtliche Werke für Tasteninstrumente Band 2

Canzonen I –VI / Capriccio / Battaglia

for: Piano [harpsichord/organ]

Item no.: 134917

31.60  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
J.S. Bach: Cembalokonzert Nr. 1 d-Moll BWV , 2Cemb/Klav (KA)
Johann Sebastian Bach

Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor BWV 1052

for: 2 harpsichords [2 pianos]

Piano reduction (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 692285

23.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
I. Ahlgrimm: Manuale der Orgel- und Cembalotechnik, Org/Cemb

Manuale der Orgel- und Cembalotechnik

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 282917

60.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
A. Thorvaldsdottir: Fingerprints, Cemb
Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Fingerprints

for: Harpsichord

Buch

Item no.: 1193606

23.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
D. Scarlatti: Sonate per clavicembalo 9, Cemb/Klav
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 9

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 767495

61.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
D. Scarlatti: Sonate per clavicembalo 2, Cemb/Klav
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 2

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 257377

61.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
J. Pachelbel: Suiten für Cembalo, Cemb/Klav
Johann Pachelbel

Suiten für Cembalo

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 214205

31.60  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
D. Scarlatti: Sonate per clavicembalo 3, Cemb/Klav
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 3

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 189530

61.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
H. Keaney: Figured Bass for Beginners, Cemb/Org
Helen Keaney

Figured Bass for Beginners

for: Harpsichord [organ manuals]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 565277

43.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
S.L. Burton: Ready, Set, Improvise! (Bu)
Suzanne L. Burton, Alden H. Snell

Ready, Set, Improvise!

The Nuts and Bolts of Music Improvisation

for: Instrument [voice]

Book (softcover)

Item no.: 681777

30.10  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
D. Scarlatti: 25 Sonaten, Cemb/Klav
Domenico Scarlatti

25 Sonaten

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 138800

36.30  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
M. Boxall: Harpsichord Method, Cemb
Maria Boxall

Harpsichord Method

Based on 16th to 18th-century sources

for: Harpsichord

Music lesson book

Item no.: 355053

34.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
D. Scarlatti: Sonate per clavicembalo 10, Cemb/Klav
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 10

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 779029

55.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
R. Siegel: Apprendre à Toucher le Clavecin 2, Cemb
Richard Siegel

Apprendre à Toucher le Clavecin 2

for: Harpsichord

Music lesson book

Item no.: 466495

32.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
D. Scarlatti: Sonate per clavicembalo 5, Cemb/Klav
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 5

Critical Edition

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 191140

61.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
D. Scarlatti: Sonate per clavicembalo 8, Cemb/Klav
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 8

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 160070

61.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
J. Riposo: Bebop Scales, Instr/Gs
Joe Riposo

Bebop Scales

for: Instrument [voice]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 493356

11.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
D. Scarlatti: Sonate per clavicembalo 4, Cemb/Klav
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 4

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 257378

61.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
F. Couperin: L'Art de toucher le clavecin , Cemb/Klav
François Couperin

L'Art de toucher le clavecin

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 637038

24.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
Pieces for Harpsichord (Volume 1), Cemb (Bu)

Pieces for Harpsichord (Volume 1)

for: Harpsichord

Book

Item no.: 239776

28.10  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
G.F. Händel: Klavierwerke I-IV, Klav/Cemb (4N)
George Frideric Handel

Keyboard Works I-IV

Special edition for the Handel memorial year 2009
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Piano [harpsichord]

4 music scores (Urtext)

Item no.: 483531

102.90  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
D. Scarlatti: Sonate per clavicembalo 6, Cemb/Klav
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 6

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 191368

61.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
R. Siegel: Apprendre à toucher le clavecin 1, Cemb (+CD)

Türk: Moderato

Richard Siegel

Apprendre à toucher le clavecin 1

for: Harpsichord

Music lesson book, demo CD

Item no.: 466494

30.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
Complete Color-Coded Flash Cards, Instr/Gs

Complete Color-Coded Flash Cards

for: Instrument [voice]

Cards (teaching material)

Item no.: 668968

15.20  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–3 weeks.
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