Harpsichord (click link to hear it)

 

TRUE COPY OF JOHANN NICOLAUS BACH HARPSICHORD

Notice: Mr. Klaus DAMM the famous harpsichord maker, living in PHILIPPINES for a long time, has passed away August 15.2021. The new harpsichord featured here is the only and last new instrument available worldwide here at Manila Pianos Inc.

An aristocratic family purchased a former monastery near Augsburg as Residence in the year 1805 and brought from the north of Germany a harpsichord for their music room. (PICTURE: original instrument now in German museum)

This instrument was found in 1984 on a loft, and is now in the „Berliner Instrument museum“. Historians as well as musicians  have done a lot of research on this Instrument. On the bottom plank it is written with pencil: Josephus Glonner:  Royal clavecin maker: in Münich verfertiget (made in Munich) 29th of July 1765.  Mr. Noother’s signatures were found.

 

Considering the range of the keyboard being AA-d³ and the style of decoration, we should exclude that Glonner, who worked during the time of Mozart for the Court in Munich, has made it.

His Signature Represents the date when the instrument was converted to a combined Harpsichord/ Fortepiano as some parts of the original action survived this conversion.

Before the rebuilding the instrument had been a Harpsichord with 8´ stringing and 3 or 4 Rows of Jacks. After an analysis of the measures with the method of Hubert Henkel, the instrument was likely built in Thüringen.

The Instrument had a device for the keyboard to switch the registers on and off by sliding the keyboard, a method also found on church organs at the time. (PICTURE: Actual unit in our show room now)

After Jacob Adlung’s: „Musica Mechanica Organoedi“ , edited in Berlin 1768 by Johann Friedrich Agricola, a pupil of J.S.Bach, the Clavier- and Organ-Maker Johann Nikolaus Bach invented such a device before the Year 1727.

Adlung is praising Johann Nikolaus Bach as maker of excellent sounding harpsichords with a light touch and veneered exterior. 

Johann Nikolaus Bach (1669 - 1753) was a second  cousin (the Grandfathers had been Brothers) of Johann Sebastian Bach, and it is reported that they often had personal contact.  Therefore this instrument must be seen in close relationship to the Music of Johann Sebastian Bach.