>As I continue my weird odyssey through the world of music history, I find
>myself wondering whether the harpsichord was ever used to accompany the
>fiddle for dancing, in the same way as the guitar is used nowadays. There
>seems to be a tradition going back a fair bit of using piano and fiddle for
>Scottish Country dance, which goes back far enough that I suspect it would
>have started with the square pianos. So why not harpsichord before that?
At court, sure. Why not. But for the real country folk, I wonder whether
they would have owned such instruments.
John & Susie Howell
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