Clavichord concert tonight is season's finaleBy Sanya Burgess
June 27, 2012
Music fans will hear the rare sound of a clavichord at the grand finale of the Wokingham Town Hall Concert season.
Musician and conductor Richard Smith will be playing a range of classical pieces on the unusual instrument at the town hall tonight.
“Wokingham Town Hall is the perfect acoustic for the clavichord, which has an exceptionally delicate and expressive sound,” said Richard.
“It is very small and sounds a bit like a cross between a lute and a harpsichord and it was particularly popular in the homes of musicians working in Germany.
“However, unlike a harpsichord, which is plucked, it has little metal hammers known as tangents which lightly strike the strings.”
The programme will include Bach’s French Suite in B minor and an arrangement Bach made of a concerto by Antonio Vivaldi.
Richard’s performance will also feature work by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Georg Bohm and Johann Jakob Froberger.
The talented musician, who founded the Wokingham Town Hall concert season, first encountered the clavichord while studying in North Germany.
The clavichord was Bach’s favourite keyboard instrument and featured in many musical homes in the 17th and 18th centuries.
- The concert starts at 8pm. Tickets are £12.50 and are available from Wokingham Library or at www.wokinghamconcerts.co.uk There will be a limited number of tickets on the door.