ESMUC

Seminar on the Tuning and Maintenance of Historical Keyboard Instruments


This seminar is intended for students of clavichord, harpsichord, and the fortepiano, and to a limited degree, organ. The primary goal is to provide the musician with a firm foundation in both theory and practice for tuning their own instrument, as well as performing minor maintenance tasks.

The information provided in the course relies heavily on historic texts, including a variety of tuning and tempering instructions and commentary from the 17th and 18th centuries. Topics covered include:


In addition to the theoretical sessions, students may receive focused guidance in individual practice sessions, designed to address the level and needs of each person.

The seminar is intended primarily for students of historical keyboard instruments, though all students - especially those of early music - are welcome to attend the theoretical sessions, space permitting; individual guided practice sessions are limited and restricted to historical keyboard students only, with first-year students having priority.