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    "Three-Manual Labor"

    Muzik People,

    I wrote a piece that demonstrates the three distinct sounds of the GPO harpsichord. It's as though the harpsichord dude or dudette is playing an instrument with three manuals. I believe that a three-manual harpsichord actually existed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It was scarce and very expensive.

    Here is "Three-Manual Labor".

    Larry G. Alexander

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    Re: "Three-Manual Labor"

    I believe I may even have seen pictures somewhere of a
    four-manual harpsichord, Larry. With all that string tension,
    one wonders how some of the larger ones -- made solely of
    wood, then, for structural elements -- even held together.

    An excellent demonstration -- and an excellent piece; the
    contrast of manuals really "makes" it. Some tasty, delicious
    harpsichord sounds in this; the relatively light voicing is
    superb, quite reminiscent of some of the earlier (more lightly
    built) historic instruments I've heard.


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    Re: "Three-Manual Labor"

    Many thanks, Dave, for the info and thank you for the good review.

    My best,

    Larry G. Alexander

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