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The Boston Harpsichord-Building School

William Dowd, Eric Herz and Frank Hubbard Reminiscences and Reflections From the Builders Who Worked With Them

Mark Kroll
March 15, 2019

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The Boston School of Harpsichord Building: William Dowd, Eric Herz and Frank Hubbard Reminiscences and Reflections From the Builders Who Worked With Them Edited by Mark Kroll

The Boston School of Harpsichord Building was more than just a craft or business; it was truly an art and philosophy. Founded in the late 1940s by William Dowd and Frank Hubbard, and joined by Eric Herz several years later, these three pioneers set out to build harpsichords in the styles of the great makers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They succeeded, perhaps beyond their wildest dream, and over a period of fifty years produced more than 1,000 instruments, effectively transforming the harpsichord landscape in America and throughout much of the world.

This book tells the story of these pioneers in the words of the people who lived it: their apprentices. These men and women worked in the Dowd, Herz and Hubbard shops, learned how to build a harpsichord from them, and shared their philosophy and passion for the instrument. Many would go on to become distinguished builders in their own right, continuing in the tradition of their masters. Each has a unique and personal perspective on one of the most dynamic periods in the history of harpsichord making.

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