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An Evening of Clavichord

November 23, 2019 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm 47 South Oak Street, Ventura, CA



Jeffrey Biggs is a classically trained keyboardist who, when he first heard a clavichord at a friend’s house, decided he had to have one of his own. He built his clavichord from a kit and has been giving recitals to packed houses, well, OK, homes ever since.
Hearing music originally composed for clavichord played on a clavichord instead of a piano takes us back to those thrilling days of yesteryear when life was not as loud as it is today.
Hear the music of Bach and his contemporaries as they heard it.

The Clavichord is a European stringed rectangular keyboard instrument that was used largely in the Late Middle Ages, through the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras. Historically, it was mostly used as a practice instrument and as an aid to composition, not being loud enough for larger performances. The clavichord produces sound by striking brass or iron strings with small metal blades called tangents. Vibrations are transmitted through the bridges to the soundboard.

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