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date: 13 November 2019


  • Hugh Davies


An electrically amplified harpsichord developed by Erich Thienhaus (b Lübeck, Aug 22, 1909; d Hamburg, March 31, 1968) at the Physikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt in Berlin during the late 1930s. Two built-in microphones, enclosed by a cover to reduce the acoustic sound, were so positioned as to pick up the vibrations of all the strings. The Thienhaus-Cembalo was thus louder than a conventional harpsichord, which made it more suitable for the larger concert halls and ensembles used in the 1930s for Baroque music. Thienhaus had studied physics and mathematics (PhD, Berlin, ...

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