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References for the Harpsichord and Clavichord

Information or research assistance regarding the harpsicord and clavicord is frequently requested from the Smithsonian Institution. The following information has been prepared to assist those interested in this topic.

Boalch, Donald Howard. Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord, 1440 to 1840. 2d ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1974.

Hoover, Cynthia A. Harpsichords and Clavichords. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1969. (Out-of-print but available in libraries)

Hubbard, Frank. Three Centuries of Harpsichord Making. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1967.

Marcuse, Sibyl. Musical Instruments: A Comprehensive Dictionary. 1964. Reprint. New York: W.W. Norton, 1975.

Neupert, Hanns. Das Klavichord. Kassel: Barenreiter-Verlag, 1948.

Randel, Don Michael, ed. The New Harvard Dictionary of Music. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1986.

Ripin, Edwin M., et al. "Early Keyboard Instruments." In The New Grove Musical Instruments Series. New York: W.W. Norton, 1989.

Russell, Raymond. The Harpsichord and Clavichord: An Introductory Study. 2d ed., revised by Howard Schott. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1973.

Sadie, Stanley and Tyrrell, John, eds. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 29 vols. London, New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

_____. The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. London: MacMillan Press, Ltd., 1984.

Shortridge, John D. Italian Harpsichord Building in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Contributions from the Museum of History and Technology, no. 15; United States National Museum Bulletin, no. 225. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1960. (Out-of-print but available in libraries)

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