|ONE of the crowning glories of
any civilization must surely be the creation of its music and the instruments
on which it can be realized.
Those of us who love the harpsichord and recognize
its place at the pinnacle of Western musical achievement should occasionally
be humbled: Let’s remember that we’re elevating something
with only six short centuries of history, originating from only a tiny
area of the world’s total surface.
The harpsichord then is really only a small—but
brilliant—reflection of the enormous diversity of mankind.
through some arcane or esoteric interest, though, that the harpsichord
has undergone its resurgence in recent times. The harpsichord as a musical instrument is indeed
alive today, crossing boundaries inspired by historically informed performance
to appear on genre-diverse CDs, recent films and even a breakdance collaboration with the Red Bull Flying Bach tour.
Although computers still only remain a poor substitute for visceral
human experience, I invite you to share some of our enthusiasm for this
most wonderful European instrument of past centuries by becoming a regular
visitor to these pages.
And no matter where you live or work, I especially look forward to you
being able to savor our instruments and services in person, putting them
to the ultimate test soon.