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TWO PAPERS ABOUT C18th MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MAKERS
FREE ACCESS FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

Dr Margaret Debenham an Independent Scholar with an interest in early music history, including piano-forte and harpsichord makers, has in recent years published several papers, which contain information about the activities of early makers and may be of interest to Harpsichord Society members. For a limited period of time (until the end of the year at least), the publishers Taylor and Francis are presently offering free access to two of the papers published in The Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle in 2013 and 2014. This is an opportunity for any Harpsichord Society member who doesn’t have ready access to this Journal to read and download them at no cost by following the hyperlinks given below.

1) Margaret Debenham and Michael Cole, 2013: ‘Pioneer Piano Makers in London, 1737–1774: newly discovered documentary sources’ see http://www.tandfonline.com/­doi/­full/­10.1080/­14723808.2012.761771#.VJXzDeQIAA in The Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle Vol. 44. Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. DOI: 10.1080/14723808.2012.761771.
The life and work of three immigrant craftsmen who made pianofortes and related instruments in London in the period 1740–65. Roger Plenius, Herman Viator and Frederick Neubauer (See also Michael Cole’s website at: http://www.squarepianos.com/­rp.html for further information)

2) Margaret Debenham, 2014. Joseph Merlin in London, 1760–1803: the Man behind the Mask. New Documentary Sources http://www.tandfonline.com/­toc/­rrmc20/­44/­1#.VJXvseQIAA in The Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, Vol. 45, Issue 1.
DOI: 10.1080/14723808.2014.888175
Joseph Merlin (1735–1803), ‘Ingenious Mechanick’, musical-instrument maker. Describes two newly identified sets of Court documents, one of which concerns a violation of his 1774 combined harpsichord-pianoforte patent rights.

Our thanks to Dr Margaret Debenham for sharing her findings with BHS members



BENSLOW MUSIC TRUST
PRACTICAL HARPSICHORD TUNING DAY
Our early keyboard consultant Andrew Wooderson offers this brand new course devoted to introducing the art of harpsichord tuning and looking briefly at the theory involved, together with discussion and demonstration of techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to practise tuning themselves with friendly and supportive guidance. This is not a complete training course, but rather a confidence boosting introduction to the subject, with plenty for beginners and the less experienced. There will be a follow-up course later in the year to offer the chance to further develop your skills. Saturday 21 February, 2015
Intermediate/Advanced, Fee: £75, Code: 15/103
Tutor website: http://www.woodersonharpsichords.co.uk/­
Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB.
Tel. 01462 459446, e-mail , website http://www.benslowmusic.org/­



BENSLOW MUSIC TRUST
MADE IN BRITAIN
A HARPSICHORD COURSE
Penelope Cave runs another weekend harpsichord course, this time examining the influences of Purcell, Handel and Scarlatti on other composers publishing in London. She will let participants have a list of the ‘other’ composers in closer to the time. Penelope will help with issues of technique, ornamentation & rhythm in a friendly classroom environment. Please also feel free to bring along your own choices of repertoire. Friday 8 - Sunday 10 May 2015
Standard: Intermediate/Advanced,
Resident: £265 Non-Resident: £190 Code: 15/239
Tutor website:
http://www.impulse-music.co.uk/­cave.htm
Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB.
Tel. 01462 459446, e-mail , website http://www.benslowmusic.org/­



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- your link to EARLY MUSIC WORLDWIDE. This site is a useful resource with information and news about the Early Music scene in all parts of the globe.




ITEMS FOR SALE-
New Section on BHS Website.

We have a successful ‘Sale and Wanted’ section which has until now been used solely for instruments. We would now like to extend this facility to include other items, spare parts, tuners, printed harpsichord music, books on harpsichord related subjects etc.
We propose to charge10% for items advertised at more than £50, with free listing for those items of £50 or less. Please contact
We reserve the right to withhold listing to those items we feel not relevant.



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