Albana Single Manual Harpsichord

Description (Brief)
This instrument was made by Horatius Albana in Rome, Italy in 1643. It is a single manual harpsichord with a compass of C/E - c3, a disposition of 2 x 8’, and has 2 iron levers on the right side to move slides. The soundboard is made of cypress and features a rose of geometric design. This harpsichord has boxwood naturals and black-stained accidentals. The nameboard is inscribed: “Horatius Albana f. Anno MDCXXXXIII.”
The separable outer case is painted with putti with musical instruments and Rococo motifs on a gold and pale blue background. The lid interior is painted with mythological figures on a gold background. This instrument sits on a heavy elaborate gilded stand.
Horatius (Orazio) Albana comes from a family of Italian keyboard makers who were active during the 16th and 17th centuries. There is a Horatius Albana harpsichord in the Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica di Bologna.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
harpsichord
date made
1643
maker
Albana, Horatius
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall (instrument only): 12 in x 30 1/4 in x 77 1/4 in; 30.48 cm x 76.835 cm x 196.215 cm
place made
Italy
ID Number
MI*326905
accession number
84841
catalog number
326905
subject
Music & Musical Instruments
Harpsichords
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Harpsichords
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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