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  • Clavichord

    3 7.32%
  • Harpsichord

    11 26.83%
  • Harpsichord relatives, e.g. spinet, virginals

    0 0%
  • Fortepiano

    12 29.27%
  • Tangent piano

    3 7.32%
  • Piano (Romanticisim to modern)

    30 73.17%
  • Pipe organ

    7 17.07%
  • Chamber organ

    2 4.88%
  • Other

    3 7.32%
  • I like all keybaord instruments all the same

    1 2.44%
  • I dislike keybaord instruments all the same

    0 0%
  • Who cares

    1 2.44%
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Thread: Your Favorite Classical Keyboard Instrument

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    Default Your Favorite Classical Keyboard Instrument

    The keyboard is an essential instrument of western classical music from solo music to concertos or just in the background as accompaniment. Many of the very greatest composers were either virtuosos themselves with their preferred keyboard and or great composers of the instrument.

    But which one(s) are your personal favorite(s)? I find that many great composers did in fact have favorite keyboard instruments. Bach, probably the organ, Mozart probably the fortepiano etc. etc.

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    I must admit I have a special liking of the harpsichord and the fortepiano when playing their repertoire.

    I also like the piano for Romantic works and beyond.

    I like the clavichord less because it is a bit too soft sounding (C P E Bach's favorite instrument). I think the harpsichord or fortepiano sound more brilliant but the clavichord sounds more "intimate".

    I prefer the chamber organ than the grand pipe organ (too loud).

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    I lack the knowledge required to answer. But what is good enough for Franz Liszt is good enough for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xaltotun View Post
    I lack the knowledge required to answer. But what is good enough for Franz Liszt is good enough for me!
    Liszt is a great ambassador of the piano!

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    I reluctantly chose modern piano. I love the harpsichord in the context of continuo, but solo it jangles my nerves a bit these days. Once upon a time I might have picked Other and specified synthesizer. I still lean toward that, but it too can be jangly like the harpsichord depending on who is patching it. The modern piano is an amazing instrument.

    As for pipe organ, the King of Instruments - sorry. That's often a reverberating mess of noisy overtones. It sounds awesome in an orchestra, but I like to hear the individual notes sometimes, especially in baroque music.

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    I love all the keybored instruments... wait a minute I meant keybaord... wait a minute I meant keyboard....

    scratch that out... I meant I love all KEYBORED instruments!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert7 View Post
    I love all the keybored instruments... wait a minute I meant keybaord... wait a minute I meant keyboard....

    scratch that out... I meant I love all KEYBORED instruments!
    Do you like the harpsichord or what do you think of its sound?

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    Fender Rhodes Piano

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    Does the ondes martenot count?

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    The modern piano.

    I also love the organ.

    I never, ever, for any reason, in any repertoire, want to hear a fortepiano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtMusic View Post
    Do you like the harpsichord or what do you think of its sound?
    I love the harpsichord very much. Have you heard Scott Ross put a Scarlatti banger for us?



    Now that's magic, isn't it ArtMusic? Tell me that you won't hug a harpsichord or harpsichordist after you heard that?
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    There is simply no instrument with musical capabilities comparable to the modern piano. I've played organ, harpsichord, and a variety of electronic keyboard contrivances, and getting my hands on a beautiful and sympathetic piano affords far and away the most complete opportunity to express myself in sound. And I'm not even a very good pianist!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    There is simply no instrument with musical capabilities comparable to the modern piano.
    Synthesizer? (duh)

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    The modern piano, although preferred in chamber music or orchestral settings rather than solo (with exceptions of course). The majestic pipe organ as solo instrument. There is something about the sound of a harpsichord that does not appeal to me at all - yes, I am one of those heathens who prefers their Bach keyboard works on piano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert7 View Post
    I love the harpsichord very much. Have you heard Scott Ross put a Scarlatti banger for us?

    Now that's magic, isn't it ArtMusic? Tell me that you won't hug a harpsichord or harpsichordist after you heard that?
    Yes I enjoy Scarlatti on the harpsichord. The harpsichord just has a cool metallic crunching sound to it that no other keyboard instrument does and sure it may not be as expressive as the grand piano but that's why it was a precursor to the piano. The old instruments also look nice with the decorative art painted on in with the decorative legs etc.

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