But before we get to carried away on the Italians, remember the courts in
which Scarlatti worked did have French harpsichords and ENGLISH ones (and no
doubt a Ruckers or two). So it is likely that Scarlatti used all types. In
fact there is a contemporary painting showing the princess (Scarlatti's
Portuguese pupil) seated at a French harpsichord, so I'm sure the teacher
played them from time to time!
Also remember that Scarlatti was VERY popular in England, and Avison adapted
them into Concerti Grossi. Rousset's performances on the Antunes
(Portuguese) and Kirckman instruments are very telling!
From: Harpsichords and Related Topics
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Mark Slater
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2001 2:18 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Italian harpsichord
In a message dated 4/10/01 11:13:14 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
[log in to unmask] writes:
> Case in point:
> Scarlatti needs many different instruments, but certainly not a big fat
> French double which sounds rediculous
Scarlatti need a large keyboard. Of course a French Double is not perfect
the answer. A large keyboard , nonetheless. And stop saying big "FAT" French
double. When did this become a crime? As always, just curious.