CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD

Conductor, Musicologist, Keyboard player

Catalogue of the Christopher Hogwood Instrument Collection

This online catalogue contains information on Christopher Hogwood's instrument collection.
Select instruments available for hire for specific projects and recording work.

To arrange a visit, contact office@hogwood.org or phone 01223 363 975

The following abbreviations of references are used below:
Boalch2       Donald H. Boalch, Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord, 1440–1840, 2nd edition (Oxford, 1974)
Boalch3       Donald H. Boalch, Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord, 1440–1840, 3rd edition, edited by Charles Mould (Oxford, 1995)
Clinkscale    Martha Novak Clinkscale, Makes of the Piano, 1700–1820 (Oxford, 1993)



Clavichords

 
Maker
Johann Adolph Hass
Manufactured
Hamburg, 1761
Description
Unfretted German clavichord with Chinoiserie case on later stand.
Inscription
J.A Hass / Hambr Anno 1761 on soundboard.
Specification
Bichord brass stringing with octave strings from FF to c.
Pitch
A=392
Compass
FF-f3
References
Boalch3 number: HASS, J. A. 1761(4)
Boalch2 number: 17
Restoration
1980-81 Christoper Clarke (full restoration); Mac and Me (decoration)
1999 Miles Hellon (new strings and listing)
 
 

Maker
Johann Heinrich Gräbner (the younger)
Manufactured
Dresden, 1761
Description
Small fretted travelling clavichord in oak case, with full width drawer below bottom-boards.
Inscription
Johann Heinrich / Gräbner / Dresden 1761 Num 100 on underside of soundboard.
Specification
Formerly strung as a quint instrument in bichord brass stringing with open wound strings in bass, recently restrung in iron and brass as an octave instrument; fretted from c, with d and a unfretted in each octave.
Pitch
A=415
Compass
C-e3
References
Boalch3 number: GRÄBNER, J. H. 1761.
Restoration
1982 Chris Nobbs
 
 

Maker
Johann Gottlob Horn
Manufactured
Dresden, 1789
Description
Eighteenth-century Saxon clavichord on stand with later internal cover and music desk added.
Inscription
Nom 321. / Johann Gottlob Horn. / Instrumentmacher. / in Dresden 1789.
Compass
FF-g3
Restoration
In progress: Chris Nobbs
(photos taken prior to acquisition and restoration)
 
 

Maker
Johann Jacob Bodechtel
Manufactured
Nürnberg, 1790s
Description
Fretted German clavichord without stand.
Inscription
Johann Jacob Bodechtel / Orgel und instrumenten macher / in Nürnberg in ink on paper label on bass hitchrail.
Specification
Bichord brass stringing with open-wound strings in bass. Fretting, starting at d#/e, has unfretted d’s and a’s except for d3/d#3.
Pitch
A=415
Compass
C-f3
References
Boalch3 number: BODECHTEL, J. J. 1750 [sic]
Boalch2 number: 1.
Copies
Copied (and expanded) by Peter Bavington as a 'Bavdechtel'.
 
 

Maker
Johann David Schiedmayer
Manufactured
Erlangen, 1791
Description
Unfretted German clavichord in oak case with frame-and-panel lid on four turned and fluted legs.
Inscription
Johann David Schiedmayer / Hochfûrstlish Anspachischer / Hof-instrumentenmacher / in Erlangen 1791 on printed paper label on bass hitchrail.
Specification
Bichord iron and brass strings on divided bridge, with open wound strings in bass.
Pitch
A=430
Compass
FF-g3
Restoration
1999-2000 Peter Bavington (full restoration)
 
 

Maker
Pehr Lindholm
Manufactured
Stockholm, 1794 (1796)
Description
Unfretted Swedish clavichord in painted case in a tray stand with four tapered legs.
Inscription
Förfärdgadt af / PEHR LINDHOLM / Instrumentmakare / Stockholm / år 179. on printed paper label at rear right-hand corner of soundboard.
Specification
Bichord iron and brass stringing, with octave strings from FF to c.
Pitch
A=430
Compass
FF-c4
References
Boalch3 number: LINDHOLM, P. 1796.
Restoration
2001-2002 Peter Bavington (restoration); Alan & Ann Smith, Brentford (decoration)
2002 Huw Saunders (music desk in Cuban mahogany)
 
 

Maker
Chickering / Arnold Dolmetsch
Manufactured
Boston, 1909
Description
Free copy of a five octave unfretted north German clavichord based on an instrument by Christian Gotthelf Hoffmann, Ronneburg, 1784. In dark green case with vermilion interior and raised on a turned trestle stand.
Inscriptions
CHICKERING -&- SONS - BOSTON - VSA - MCMIX No 51. on nameboard, Made-by-Chickering-&-Sons-under-the-direction-of-Arnold-Dolmetsch Boston MCMIX No51 on the hitchplank, and PLUS・FAIT・DOUCEUR・QUE・VIOLENCE・ ("Gentleness does more than violence", La Fontaine, Fables, VI/3) on the inside of the lid.
Specification
Two gilt metal roses in soundboard. Large cast hinges of English harpsichord type. Unfretted and brass strung with covered strings in the bass.
Pitch
A=440
Compass
FF–f3
References
Original in the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments, No. 4945.60 (Boalch3 number: Hoffmann, C. G. 1784 (1))

Richard Troeger, 'The Dolmetsch/Chickering Clavichords and their model', De Clavicordio, II (1995).
 
 

Maker
Arnold Dolmetsch
Manufactured
Haslemere, 1922
Description
Small clavichord in walnut casework on trestle stand with soundboard decorated with flowers. Built for Violet Gordon Woodhouse.
Inscriptions
ARNOLD・DOLMETSCH・ANNO・M・CM・XXII on nameboard over keys, and PLUS・FAIT・DOUCEUR・QUE・VIOLENCE・ ("Gentleness does more than violence", La Fontaine, Fables, VI/3) on the inside of the lid.
Specification
Unfretted, bichord and strung in brass with close-wound bass strings.
Pitch
A=440
Compass
C-d3
 
 

Maker
Arnold Dolmetsch
Manufactured
Haslemere, 1929
Description
Small clavichord in walnut on a trestle stand.
Inscriptions
ARNOLD・DOLMETSCH・ANNO・M・CM・XXIX on the name batten over the keys, and PLUS・FAIT・DOUCEUR・QUE・VIOLENCE・ ("Gentleness does more than violence", La Fontaine, Fables, VI/3) on the inside of the lid.
Specification
Bichord stringing in brass with close-wound strings in the bass.
Pitch
A=440
Compass
C-d3
 
 

Maker
Thomas Goff
Manufactured
London, 1952
Description
Small unfretted clavichord.
Inscription
T. R. C. G ET J. C. C. FECERUNT MCMLII on nameboard (Thomas R. C. Goff and Joseph C. Cobby).
Specification
Burr walnut case, inlaid with monogram of C. Thornton Lofthouse (previous owner). Strung in brass with close wound strings in bass.
Pitch
A=440
Compass
C-d3
 
 

Maker
Adlam Burnett
Manufactured
Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, 1979
Description
Copy of an early 19th century fretted clavichord by Georg Fredrich Schmahl, Ulm, 1807, in an unpainted coniferous case.
Inscription
Adlam Burnett / Musical Instrument Makers / Goudhurst. Ao 1979 No 58 on a replica of an engraved Schmahl label.
Specification
Bichord iron and brass stringing; in the bass from C to c one string of each pair is at the octave and the other is an open wound unison string. Fretted in equal temperament from g, with notes a and d unfretted in each octave (e3 and f3 a fretted pair).
Pitch
A=415
Compass
C-f3
References
Original in the Collection of Richard Burnett at Finchcocks
(Boalch3 number: SCHMAHL, G. F. 1807).
 
 

 
 

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