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February 19, 2018

J.W. Pepper® Documents the Replication of a Historical Masterpiece

It has taken more than a year of painstakingly detailed work for Conservator John Watson to get closer to his goal of re-creating a piece of history. The Associate Curator of Musical Instruments for Colonial Williamsburg is fashioning a replica of a harpsichord George Washington purchased in 1793 for his teenage step-granddaughter Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Curtis. Unlike the original, the reproduction will be playable, giving music historians a chance to hear its unique sound.

“The Washington family harpsichord was extremely special,” said Temple University Music Professor Dr. Joyce Zankel Lindorff. “It was one of the fanciest instruments ever made.” Continue Reading…