Music lightens your mood, cheers you up, gets you moving and gives you positive energy! Making music is one of the most motivating and healthy activities in life! The repertoire for harpsichord which you find the most personal to you is where we will focus our attention. For this, constructive feedback, personalised exercises, tips and inspiration from a dedicated professional harpsichord teacher are best choice!
Through Vivaldi Music Lessons you found professional musicians who, in addition to giving concerts, have a passion for teaching. Check out the page of the music teacher you want to know more about. Get in direct contact with a teacher in your area to book a trial lesson.
The trial lesson is the perfect situation to discuss the frequency of the lessons, the location, the music styles you like most or other styles you may wish to explore and to get to know your future harpsichord teacher. Book your first lesson pack and receive a free trial lesson. (Normal price EU 25,- )
Lesson time, payment of the lessons and location are arranged individually between you and your harpsichord teacher. Packs of 5 or 10 harpsichord lessons of 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 60 minutes.
The Harpsichord Lessons will take place at the teacher's place or studio or in the comfort of your own home.
If you wish to follow online lessons, you can contact the harpsichord teacher of your choice directly and discuss the possibilities.
If music is your passion and classical, baroque, jazz, pop, latin, world music or any other kind of music is where you find the most inspiration, you're welcome to sign up for a trial harpsichord lesson. Check here how students experience their lessons!
The earliest surviving harpsichords were built in Italy in the early 16th century. Little is known of the early history of the harpsichord, but, during the 16th-18th century, it underwent considerable evolution and became one of the most important European instruments. National schools of construction arose, notably in Italy, Flanders, France, England, and Germany; and highly decorated cases with painted lids became fashionable. Most of the great Baroque composers played or wrote for the harpsichord.
By the middle of the 18th century the harpsichord had grown to a normal compass of five full octaves, three or more sets of strings and jacks, and often two keyboards. At this time it began to compete with the new pianoforte, which was capable of playing soft or loud according to the fingers' pressure on the keys. The harpsichord is incapable of this dynamic gradation and was overwhelmed in popularity by the piano. The revival of renaissance and baroque music in the past 40 years brought back an increasing interest in this instrument. Nowadays many excellent musicians perform frequently in baroque operas, chamber music concerts and solo recitals all over the world, using modern copies of historical instruments.
Despite being much less popular than the piano, the harpsichord is increasingly present in our musical cultural life. Since the 1950s/60s, thanks to the development of the early music movement and important pioneers of the time such as Gustave Leonhardt, Kenneth Gilbert, Colin Tilney, Trevor Pinnock, interest in the harpsichord, its repertoire, historical sources and construction has grown exponentially . Was the harpsichord ever a kind of piano for people with 'goat wool hand knitted socks' who loved baroque music; nowadays the harpsichord, and learning to play it, fully regains the glory and interest as it rightly existed for this royal instrument in the 17th and 18th centuries!