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date: 15 November 2019

Hyman, Williamlocked

  • Maribel Meisel

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(b New York, Jan 18, 1931; d New York, June 11, 1974). American harpsichord maker. He received organ instruction as a youth and was attracted to the harpsichord through a recital by Wanda Landowska. Basically self-taught, he became a master woodworker, decorator, and gilder; he was active as a harpsichord maker in Hoboken, New Jersey, from 1963 until his death. While serving with the US Signal Corps in Germany he studied antique harpsichords in museum collections, purchasing and bringing back a Neupert instrument. He also studied old craft books, his aim being not to copy early instruments but to assimilate their makers’ techniques. With his wife Doris and, from 1972, a few apprentices he made about 25 harpsichords; they have been acknowledged for their extraordinarily full tone and light touch. In 1971 Hyman became adviser to David Way, who had recently taken over Zuckermann Harpsichords. After Hyman’s death his workshop and apprentices moved to Stonington, Connecticut, where about 20 unfinished orders were completed by Way under the Hyman name....

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