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Ruckers Double

 
Ruckers for a client in Lochem, Nl., 2006

Ruckers for a client in Lochem, Nl., 2006

Ruckers Double with Soundboard Decoration

Ruckers Double with Soundboard Decoration

I took a wonderful double (transposition-) harpsichord made by the son Johannes in 1624, at present exhibited in the d’Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, France, as an example for the Flemish double made by me. This has undergone ravalement in the 18th century, most probably by Henry Hemsch. In this process the compass was expanded without enlarging the case by arranging the strings closer together and by making new keyboards with narrower keys. In doing that the new compass GG.AA-d’’’ was created, which I apply as well, or enlarge to GG-e”’ or FF – f”’, with transposition 390 – 415 – 440.

It still regains part of its vigorous Flemish past, which makes it very suitable for 17th century music; its distinct articulation does also justice to polyphonic music such as that of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The case is made of poplar, the strings of copper, brass and iron.

Sound samples

Sweelinck – Fantasia Chromatica -played by Albert-Jan Roelofs
Sweelinck – Fantasia Chromatica – Albert-Jan Roelofs

Dyphly – Courante from Pièces de Clavecin (1744) -played by Albert-Jan Roelof
Pieces de clavecin (1744): Courante – Albert-Jan Roelofs