Harpsichord – Sheet Music, Tuition & Scores

"Brightly the keys, all twinkling, linked, all harpsichording, called to a voice to sing the strain of dewy morn..." James Joyce

The harpsichord is widely seen as the forerunner of the modern day piano, the main difference being its plucking mechanism, rather than hammers, which gives it its distinct sound, the sound of the Renaissance and the Baroque, signalling in a new dawn for early music.

Concert pitch at the time was 415 Hz, approximately a semitone lower than today, which is 440 Hz. The harpsichord it very sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and humidity, and needs to be tuned at least once a day. The tuning process only takes about 20 minutes on average, so it is a small price to pay, for a beautiful, clean tone.

Not only is the harpsichord an excellent solo instrument, for which many works (such as sonatas, suites, toccatas, variations and many more) were written by composers such as B. Sweelinck, J. S. Bach, his son C. P. E. Bach, D. Scarlatti, Handel and F. Couperin, but the harpsichord, alongside the Organ, Theorbo and Lute, plays a central role in the basso continuo in most Baroque ensembles.

The harpsichord forms the harmonic bridge between melody and bass, and its central role within the basso continuo is comparable to the modern keyboard’s function in a rock, pop or jazz band.

One of the main features of the Baroque style for harpsichord is ornamentation, such as trills, mordents, turns and tremolo, which are particularly prominent in the French Baroque with composers such as Francois Couperin and Rameau. Many such ornaments can also be found in the famous Well-Tempered Clavier (1722) by J. S. Bach.

As a favoured instrument of the bourgeoisie and royalty, the untimely end of the harpsichord was brought about by the people’s revolts of the French Revolution (1789 to 1799), harpsichords and clavichords were thrown out of the windows onto the streets of Paris in anger and burned!

With the revival of early music in the 1970s, more and more new harpsichords were built. Pioneers such as B. Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and Nikolaus Harnoncourt reinvented Renaissance and Baroque style, and the harpsichord grew in popularity, and was once again seen on concert stages, and in chamber venues all around the world.

Today you can find harpsichords built in Flemish, French, Italian, Austrian and German styles all over the world. They all have their own individual character and tone. Historical performance practice has now become second nature for harpsichord players, and has influenced the way we approach modern keyboard instruments, and most importantly how we view the piano.

Carry on harpsichording

Diez Eichler - Basso Continuo – An Introduction
Diez Eichler

Basso Continuo – An Introduction

Based on historical sources

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 671934

27.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Johann Pachelbel - Suiten für Cembalo
Johann Pachelbel

Suiten für Cembalo

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 214205

24.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
German Keyboard Music

German Keyboard Music

Musica per la tastiera
Tastenmusik aus dem 16. und 17. Jahrhundert
Német billentyűs muzsika

for: Piano [harpsichord/organ]

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 266335

11.75 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
François Couperin - L'art de toucher Le Clavecin
François Couperin

L'art de toucher Le Clavecin

The Art of playing the Harpsichord

for: Harpsichord

Music lesson book

Item no.: 284706

20.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
George Frideric Handel - Keyboard Works I-IV
George Frideric Handel

Keyboard Works I-IV

Special edition for the Handel memorial year 2009
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Piano [harpsichord]

4 music scores (Urtext)

Item no.: 483531

88.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Richard Siegel - Apprendre à toucher le clavecin 1

Türk: Moderato

Richard Siegel

Apprendre à toucher le clavecin 1

Un choix d'exercices et de pièces pour débutants en deux volumes

for: Harpsichord

Music lesson book, demo CD

Item no.: 466494

24.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Répertoire pour le Clavecin 1

Répertoire pour le Clavecin 1

en deux volumes : Volume 1
Texte français, anglais, allemand et espagnol

for: Harpsichord

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 584815

26.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
George Frideric Handel - Water Music & Music for the Royal Fireworks
George Frideric Handel

Water Music & Music for the Royal Fireworks

HWV 348-351
Keyboard fireworks

for: Harpsichord [organ]; Flute [oboe/violin], basso continuo ad lib.

Ensemble score, solo parts

Item no.: 634734

43.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Manuale der Orgel- und Cembalotechnik

Manuale der Orgel- und Cembalotechnik

Fingerübungen und Etüden 1571-1760

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 282917

51.65 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Pieces for Harpsichord (Volume 1)

Pieces for Harpsichord (Volume 1)

Le Pupitre - Heugel

for: Harpsichord

Book

Item no.: 239776

22.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Keyboard Music of the Late Middle Ages in Codex Faenza 117

Keyboard Music of the Late Middle Ages in Codex Faenza 117

Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae 57

for: Harpsichord

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 580927

52.20 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–2 months
Jean-Philippe Rameau - Complete Keyboard Works 1-3
Jean-Philippe Rameau

Complete Keyboard Works 1-3

Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Harpsichord

3 music scores

Item no.: 142410

118.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Guide to Early Keyboard Music – France 1

Guide to Early Keyboard Music – France 1

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 770916

26.70 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Domenico Scarlatti - 25 Sonaten
Domenico Scarlatti

25 Sonaten

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 138800

26.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
François Couperin - L'Art de toucher le clavecin
François Couperin

L'Art de toucher le clavecin

Alfred masterwork edition

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 637038

20.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–5 weeks
Susanne Costa - Glossary of Harpsichord Terms
Susanne Costa

Glossary of Harpsichord Terms

for: Harpsichord

Book (lexicon)

Item no.: 246233

6.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Domenico Scarlatti - Sonate per clavicembalo 1
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 1

Edizione critica

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 388953

44.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Giovanni Battista degli Antonii - Ricercate op. 1
Giovanni Battista degli Antonii

Ricercate op. 1

für Violoncello oder Cembalo
enthält auch die wiederentdeckte Violinstimme

for: Cello [harpsichord]; violin ad lib.

Score, part

Item no.: 625843

29.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Max Gaertner - Rhythmical Ear Training – Level 1
Max Gaertner

Rhythmical Ear Training – Level 1

for: Instrument [voice]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 695669

24.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Pieter Dirksen - The Keyboard Music of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Pieter Dirksen

The Keyboard Music of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Its Style, Significance and Influence

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Book (Hardcover)

Item no.: 227700

58.40 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
George Frideric Handel - Pieces for harpsichord
George Frideric Handel

Pieces for harpsichord

Cembalodarabok

for: Harpsichord

Music score

Item no.: 255216

18.70 €plus shipping
Currently being reprinted. Delivery time unknown.
The Harpsichord

The Harpsichord

The Cambridge Companion to Music

for: Harpsichord

Book (softcover)

Item no.: 979274

30.60 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Girolamo Frescobaldi et al. - Fiori musicali
Girolamo Frescobaldi, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini

Fiori musicali

di diversi composizioni toccate, kyrie, canzoni, capricci e recercari in partitura a quattro
Monumenti Musicali Italiani XII (2 volumes)
Girolamo Frescobaldi Opere complete XII

for: Harpsichord [organ]

2 music scores

Item no.: 697801

84.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
William Byrd - My Ladye Nevells Booke
William Byrd

My Ladye Nevells Booke

Facsimile British Library MS Mus. 1591
Documenta musicologica II/44 / Bärenreiter Facsimile (Faksimile) (Facsimile)

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music score (reprint, hardcover)

Item no.: 610741

211.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Domenico Scarlatti - Sonate per clavicembalo 10
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 10

Essercizi per gravicembalo

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 779029

39.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Girolamo Frescobaldi - Recercari et canzoni franzese
Girolamo Frescobaldi

Recercari et canzoni franzese

fatte sopra diversi oblighi in partitura
Monumenti Musicali Italiani
Girolamo Frescobaldi Opere complete XII

for: Harpsichord [organ]

2 music scores

Item no.: 695021

84.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Howard Ferguson - Keyboard interpretation from the 14th to the 19th century
Howard Ferguson

Keyboard interpretation from the 14th to the 19th century

An Introduction

for: Piano [harpsichord]

Book (softcover)

Item no.: 123390

79.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
The Art of the French Unmeasured Prelude Band 1-3

The Art of the French Unmeasured Prelude Band 1-3

France 1660-1720

for: Harpsichord

Item no.: 446712

99.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Great Italian Masters of the 16th-17th Century

Great Italian Masters of the 16th-17th Century

Ricordi Instrumental Library

for: Harpsichord

Buch

Item no.: 619978

24.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Kaija Saariaho - Jardin Secret II
Kaija Saariaho

Jardin Secret II

Harpsichord Part

for: Harpsichord

Buch

Item no.: 320742

19.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Ralph Kirkpatrick - Interpreting Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier
Ralph Kirkpatrick

Interpreting Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier

A Performer`s Discourse of Method

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Book (softcover)

Item no.: 297282

45.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–2 months
Elisabeth Lutyens - Pietá Op.104
Elisabeth Lutyens

Pietá Op.104

for: Harpsichord

Buch

Item no.: 981189

18.10 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Ivor Gurney - The Western Playland (and of Sorrow)
Ivor Gurney

The Western Playland (and of Sorrow)

Song Cycle

for: Voice (baritone), 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet), piano

Score

Item no.: 929050

27.85 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Paolo Cherici - Rule for Learning the Basso Continuo
Paolo Cherici

Rule for Learning the Basso Continuo

Chordal schemes for the introduction to the practice of accompaniment in the 17th and 18th centuries on Lute, Theorbo, Guitar, Harp and Keyboard instruments

for: Basso continuo

Music lesson book

Item no.: 1557090

9.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–5 weeks
Anna Thorvaldsdottir - Fingerprints
Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Fingerprints

Gegenwartsmusik

for: Harpsichord

Buch

Item no.: 1193606

12.85 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Six suites of lessons for the harpsichord

Six suites of lessons for the harpsichord

Le Pupitre - Heugel

for: Harpsichord

Book

Item no.: 993554

22.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Specimen Sight-Reading Tests for Harpsichord

Specimen Sight-Reading Tests for Harpsichord

Grades 4-8

for: Harpsichord

Buch

Item no.: 1163314

11.85 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Christopher Tarrant et al. - The Symphony: From Mannheim to Mahler
Christopher Tarrant, Natalie Wild

The Symphony: From Mannheim to Mahler

A guide to the development of the symphony through the 18th and 19th centuries

for: Instrument [voice]

Book

Item no.: 1192864

22.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
William Bolcom et al. - William Bolcom - Le Fantome du Clavecin
William Bolcom, Davitt Moroney

William Bolcom - Le Fantome du Clavecin

E.B. Marks

for: Harpsichord

Score, Parts

Item no.: 1107901

21.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
A Dance Pageant

A Dance Pageant

Sudien und Übungen

for: Piano [harpsichord]

Book

Item no.: 1005085

22.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–2 months
Andreas Erich Beurmann - Harpsichords and More
Andreas Erich Beurmann

Harpsichords and More

Harpsichords – Spinets – Clavichords – Virginals
Portrait of a Collection. The Beurmann Collection in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg and at the estate of Hasselburg in East Holstein

for: Harpsichord

Book (softcover)

Item no.: 1478461

39.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Girolamo Frescobaldi - Canzoni alla francese
Girolamo Frescobaldi

Canzoni alla francese

Libero Quarto
Monumenti Musicali Italiani X
Girolamo Frescobaldi Opere complete

for: Harpsichord [organ]

2 music scores

Item no.: 744998

84.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Gregor Joseph Werner - Concertante Pieces
Gregor Joseph Werner

Concertante Pieces

Koncertáló darabok
EMB Musica Rinata 5

for: Organ [harpsichord], orchestra

Score

Item no.: 255187

18.15 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Timothy Brown - Suite Espanola
Timothy Brown

Suite Espanola

for: Harpsichord

Book

Item no.: 617618

14.85 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–5 weeks
Edwin McLean - Sonata No. 2 For Harpsichord
Edwin McLean

Sonata No. 2 For Harpsichord

for: Harpsichord

Book

Item no.: 967791

14.85 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–5 weeks
Luca Francesconi - Mambo
Luca Francesconi

Mambo

for: Harpsichord

Music score

Item no.: 773078

18.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Poul Ruders - Cembal d'Amore - First Book
Poul Ruders

Cembal d'Amore - First Book

for: Piano [harpsichord]

Buch

Item no.: 838962

39.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Johann Sebastian Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier I
Johann Sebastian Bach

The Well-Tempered Clavier I

Part 1: BWV 846-869
Henle Urtext Edition

for: Piano [harpsichord]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 401105

24.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Johann Sebastian Bach - Goldberg-Variationen BWV 988
Johann Sebastian Bach

Goldberg-Variationen BWV 988

Henle Urtext Editions

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 401124

14.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Hermann Grabner - Generalbassübungen
Hermann Grabner

Generalbassübungen

als Anleitung zum Continuospiel und freien Improvisieren in drei Lehrgängen
Mit 43 Originalsätzen der Generalbassliteratur

for: Organ [harpsichord]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 408255

10.80 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
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