CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD (1941-2014)

Conductor, Musicologist, Keyboard player

Catalogue of the Christopher Hogwood Instrument Collection

This online catalogue contains information on the collection of keyboard instruments
assembled by Christopher Hogwood during his lifetime.

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)

Ownership

Private collection of Michael & Sonja Koerner, Toronto, Canada.

 
 

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 Christopher Nobbs

Ownership

The Flint Collection of Historic Keyboards, Delaware, USA.

 
 

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.

Pitch

430

Compass

FF-g3

Restoration

1968 Robert Morley & Co. Ltd
2014-15 Christopher Nobbs and Ben Marks

Ownership

Private collection.

 
 

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'.

Ownership

The Michael & Sonja Koerner Collection at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada.

 
 

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)

Ownership

Private collection.

 
 

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)

Ownership

Private collection.

 
 

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).

Ownership

Douglas Hollick, Lincolnshire, UK.

 
 

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

Ownership

Dr Harry and Jacquie Brünjes, current owners of Folkington Manor, the family home of Violet Gordon Woodhouse.

 
 

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

Restoration

2014 Christopher Nobbs and Ben Marks

Ownership

Private collection, UK.

 
 

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

Ownership

Elena Vorotko, Artistic Director of the Keyboard Charitable Trust.

 
 

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).

Ownership

Christopher Stembridge, Birgitz, Austria.

 
 

 
 

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