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Müller, Hans locked

  • Denzil Wraight

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(flc Leipzig, Germany, 1537–43). German harpsichord and clavichord maker. His only known signed instrument (I.R.ms) has been called the earliest extant dated north European (or German) harpsichord. It has Italianate features, including a projecting keyboard and presumably a (lost) separate outer case, and it seems to be a rare example of a harpsichord at octave pitch. It has two sets of unison strings and three rows of jacks, but the instrument has been substantially altered, and the two sets of strings might have sounded a 4th apart. Originally its 44-note keyboard could move sideways for whole-tone transposition. Two fretted clavichords in the Musikinstrumenten-Museum der Universität Leipzig have been attributed to Müller, although an Italian origin, perhaps Neapolitan, seems more likely....

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