Book for Sale | Bavington Book

Bavington Book Available

bavington_bookClavichord Tuning and Maintenance
by Peter Bavington
Published by Keyword Press 2007; ISBN 978-0-9555590-0-6

Second updated edition available from the BCS for $35,
postage included. Orders should be sent to the BCS at P.O. Box 540484, Waltham, MA 02454.  Payment by check or money order.

From the review by Peter Sykes in issue #23 of Tangents:

“Clavichord Tuning and Maintenance is a long-awaited must-have book for every person owning or building a clavichord.  It brings together for the first time a wealth of practical tuning information (with just enough of a theoretical basis to ground the information without complex mathematical explanations), and is richly supplied throughout with drawings, diagrams, and tables explaining everything very clearly.  Written in a friendly, conversational tone, it will go far in encouraging clavichord owners to take care of their instruments rather than to shy away from the possibly onerous duties of tuning and maintenance.”

Bulletin Number 36 | Spring 2014

Number 36, Spring 2014

  Appreciating the Music of C.P.E. Bach Today

  A Tour of Clavichords

  Tom Beghin at Houghton Library

  The Music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

  C.P.E. Bach at Harvard

  Lebedinsky to Offer Workshop at AGO Convention

Bulletin Number 35 | Fall 2013

Number 35, Fall 2013

•  Eight is (Nearly) Enough

•  Clavichord Instruction in Conservatories, Colleges, and Universities, Part II

•  The Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival 2013

•  Crowell Photo Gallery

Upcoming Recital

Anna Maria McElwain

Sunday, September 13, 2015  |  3.00 p.m.

Gore Place
52 Gore Street
Waltham, MA


Johann Joachim Agrell  |  Sonata No. 1
Minuetto 1 & 2
Carl Ludvig Lithander  |  Capricio
Ludwig van Beethoven  |  Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2
Allegro con brio
Scherzo: Allegro
Allegro assai
General Admission: $15  •  BCS Members: $10
Students: Free
Reservations recommended. Please call  781.891.0814.

Announcement | C.P.E. Bach Tercentenary Exhibitions at Harvard

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Two Exhibitions at Harvard Celebrating the Tercentenary of the Composer’s Birth

CPE Bach Harvard Exhibitions

January 13 – April 5, 2014
Harvard University  |  Houghton Library and Loeb Music Library

C.P.E. Bach, the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach, became one of the most prolific and influential composers of the eighteenth century. His oeuvre encompassed virtually every musical genre of the time, except opera, and he wrote one of the most important and enduring music treatises on keyboard instruments. During his lifetime, he enjoyed a high reputation, and his music was widely distributed in print and in manuscript.

Drawing on a wealth of materials at Harvard, with a selection of important items generously lent by other institutions and individuals, Houghton Library and the Loeb Music Library are mounting complementary exhibitions to celebrate the 300th birthday of C.P.E. Bach. The Loeb Library exhibition focuses on the editorial challenges and current editorial practice behind the ongoing publication of Bach’s complete works. The Packard Humanities Institute — in cooperation with the Bach-Archiv Leipzig, the Sächsische Akademie zu Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, and Harvard University — is producing a critical edition, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works, projected to run to 115 volumes, with more than half that number now in print.

The Houghton exhibition explores Bach’s intellectual and musical background by documenting the Bach family heritage, his service in the court of Frederick the Great, his interactions with authors, his important keyboard treatise, his reputation in his lifetime, his standing with his contemporaries, his later career in Hamburg, and his musical legacy.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788):
The Intellectual and Musical Life and Legacy of an Original Genius

Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library
January 13 – April 5, 2014

Editing C.P.E. Bach’s Complete Works
Richard F. French Gallery, Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library
January 13 – April 5, 2014

Bulletin Number 34 | Spring 2013

Number 34, Spring 2013

•  Clavichord Instruction in Conservatories, Colleges and Universities

•  Bach and Sons: Clavichord and Flute
Review of Steens/Bresch CD

•  Kids Encounter Historic Keyboards in Connecticut

•  Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival this August

Upcoming Recital

Peter Sykes, clavichord
Na’ama Lion, traverso
Sarah Paysnick, traverso

(Click here for Peter’s website.)


Sunday, January 26, 2014  |  3.00 p.m.
Private venue in Wellesley




•  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)

Sonata in D major for traverso and keyboard,
Wq. 83

•  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Sonata in G Minor,
Wq. 65/17

•  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784)

Duet in G Major for two traversi,
F. 59

•  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Sonata in A minor for traverso and continuo,
Wq. 128

•  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Trio in E major for two traversi and continuo,
Wq. 162


Reservations are required for this recital.
Please call

Book for Sales | “A Short History of the Clavichord” Book

Clavichord Book Available

A Short History of the Clavichord
by Koen Vermeij

21 x 15 cm  |  39 pages  |  amply illustrated  |  paperbound  |  ISBN/EAN 978-90-73029-40-8  |  year of publication: 2013

Available from the BCS for $9, postage included. Orders should be sent to the BCS at P.O. Box 540484, Waltham, MA 02454. Payment by check or money order.

This short history of the clavichord was first written in Dutch on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Dutch clavichord Society in 2007. Soon the German Clavichord Society asked for a translation into German, and this was published in 2008.

In this new English version information for British and American readers has been added, the text and illustrations have been updated, and the book has been extended by three pages. All in all, this “short history” can now be considered much more complete than it was at first.

From a review by Paul Rabin:

“The title of the new English edition of Koen Vermeij’s A Short History of the Clavichord is deceptive. In a handful of pages, it offers a remarkably compact, engaging, and informative introduction to the evolution of the instrument itself and its role in musical practice, to the primary documentary and iconographic evidence, and to the recent literature. Highly recommended.”

Announcement | Duryee Farmington Concert

Alissa Duryee Clavichord Concert

duryee_flyerFirst Church of Christ  |  Farmington, Connecticut
Friday, November 1, 2013
6:30 p.m. wine and hors d’oeuvres  |  7:30 p.m. concert

An intimate evening of wine, delectable nibbles, and Baroque music performed by the American-born French artist Alissa Duryee.  Features the music of Iberia and Germany ~ “intimacy to brilliance.”

$25  |  Reservations required  |  Limited to 40 concertgoers
Send checks for reservations to First Church of Christ by Friday, October 25th.
Phone:  860.677.2601