Name that Instrument!

May 29, 2019 · Collections ·

Can you guess what instrument he’s playing? Hint: it’s not a piano…

…It’s a harpsichord! A harpsichord is similar to a piano, but the sounding mechanisms and characteristics of the sounds are slightly different.

This is a photo taken in 1955 of a display at G. Fox. & Co., either on a stage or in one of their windows, for a music show. The mannequins are all in eighteenth-century gilt style clothing. On the back of the photo, there is an inscription describing the harpsichord: “I built this Harpsichord / for this Music Show / I made everything but legs / & painted it in Redish Browns / Orange & gold”.

Do you want to learn more about music? Join the CHS this summer for our many musical programs! Come see our newest exhibit, Take Note! 75 Years of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. On June 1st, the CHS will be hosting the HSO Instrument Discovery Lab, a family program that gives children the opportunity to try a variety of instruments. Attend our free outdoor concerts, which highlight a wide variety of musical stylings performed by Connecticut musicians.

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