I'm certain there will be other postings on this, but...
Out of my mailbox this morning comes the new, (much)
improved _Harpsichord & Fortepiano_ Magazine, in its
new iteration under editor David Bray. 46 pages, nice
color (even if Christoph Rousset is a bit fuzzy on the
cover), very nice paper, impressive presentation. A bit
Most exciting is an important article on a *third* Mietke
harpsichord in Hudiksvall, Sweden at the Halsinglands
Museum, by Andreas Kilstrom, who gives an extensive (he
calls it 'brief') description of the instrument, and an
account of the construction of a copy thereof. I would
like to see more and better photographs in this article,
but as it is it contains much of value. It is an expansion
of an article which appeared in FoMRHI Quarterly in 1991,
of which I was unaware until now. Personnally I find the
emergence of Michael Mietke as a major historical builder
with quite an individual style to be one of the most interesting
developments to have come along during my decades of involvement
with the harpsichord.
There is also an interview with Christoph Rousset by Editor
David Bray; interesting, but no great revelations. And there
are several articles upon and about the topic of restoration
and conservation of historic instruments, a topic we as a group
are deliquent in confronting and addressing.
There is a large article on new music by Jane Chapman (shown
seated before an instrument built by David [name not visible],
--84; who could it be???), plus a chatty account by Simon Neal
of his adventures tuning for J E Gardiner's touring production of
Monteverdi's 'Poppea" and Vespers of 1610.
This is by far the nicest periodical I have seen directed specifically
at our little group. I'm sure Mr Bray could use a few more sub-
scribers than he alreay has.
UK: Harpsichord & Fortepiano
20 Chisolm Road
Surrey TW10 6JH
Tel & Fax: +44 (0)181-940 9661
US: Dave Gayman
PO Box 81384
Wellesley Hills, MA 02181-0004
News items and other contributions gratefully received. Deadline
for April issue is Feb 27, 1995.
Joseph Spencer [log in to unmask]
The Musical Offering Classical Record Shop & Cafe
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
ph (510)849-0211, toll-free 800-478-MUSIC