Saturday Concerts

Instrumental Rarities

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Musical instruments, like species in nature, seem to have a life of their own. The recorder was very popular during the Renaissance and the Baroque before its was supplanted. The mandolin was dazzlingly successful, only to fade into oblivion, while ingenuity led to the creation of hybrid instruments such as the claviorgan, or those intended for domestic use, like the square piano, which today are little more than an anecdote in organology treatises. This is the second time the Foundation has organised a series about “instrumental rarities”: despite generating interest in their own time and giving rise to a repertory of their own, none of them ever took hold and they all wound up banished to the corners of history.

Concerts in this series