Harpsichord after J. Ruckers (Antwerp 1637), with six carved and gilded legs, built by William Horn, Brescia.
At Sotheby’s in New York, I purchased two excellent musical instruments, rare finds both of them. The first was a late eighteenth-century Flemish harpsichord nearly identical to the Smithsonian’s 1745 Dulkin, with an upper manual to accommodate Bach - the instrument was a worthy successor to the gravicembalo I had in Florence. My other purchase was an early electronic instrument, a theremin, built in the 1930s by Professor Theremin himself. The theremin has long fascinated me.
This harpsichord was built after the Ruckers’, a famous French family of harpsichord builders in Anvers in the XVIth and XVIth centuries. I chose to play this instrument partly in memory of my mother, whose tunes still echo in my mind like a faint ringing bell.