Modern clavichord

28/08/2019 17:38

Thanks to a kind colleague in Cambridge, I now have a walnut clavichord built in 1957 by Robert Goble (1903–1991), which has come just at the right time for planning some further programmes of 20th century music. For works by Howells and the like, the 'revival' clavichords of Dolmetsch and Goff are ideal, but these are expensive and hard to come by, and the Goble design works rather well as an alternative, with a strong bass, good sustain and a very useful compass of AA-e3, wider than the normal C-d3 for such instruments. Time to revisit the post-war British repertoire; and also do a programme of 20th century American clavichord music, very little of which is ever heard in the UK.