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Keyboards

Noted for its balance and depth, Yale’s collection of keyboard instruments is one of the finest in the world. The Collection’s holdings comprise over a hundred examples, including organs, clavichords, harpsichords, spinets, virginals, and pianos from the workshops of the most important makers representing all the major regional schools over a span of three centuries.

Over half of the keyboard instruments on display have been restored to playing condition and are regularly featured in the live performances and demonstrations that take place in the fine acoustic of the second-floor gallery. An audio tour of the keyboard exhibit is provided that may be taken with personal smart phones or with the museum’s own hand-held devices.

Highlights include an organ by Schnetzler (London, 1742); a clavichord by Hoffman (Ronneburg, 1784); harpsichords by Ridolfi (1682), Ruckers (Antwerp, 1640) and Taskin (Paris 1770); and pianos by Könnicke (Vienna, ca. 1795), Boesendorfer (Vienna, ca. 1830), and Erard (Paris, 1881).

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