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Celestini, Giovannilocked

  • Denzil Wraight

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(fl 1587–1610). Italian harpsichord and virginal maker working in Venice. His father was a barber: keyboard instruments were available in barbers' shops for the use of customers, which may explain Celestini's introduction to his trade. The signed surviving instruments comprise six virginals and two harpsichords. A further four virginals and a clavichord can also be attributed to him, and together they amount to a substantial part of the known 16th-century Venetian instruments. Celestini made most of his virginals with half projecting or fully recessed keyboards, a style which is normally associated with instruments from the Brescia-Milan area. Two of the virginals (...

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Galpin Society Journal