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Mondini-Cembalo

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Giuseppe Mondini (†1718)1701FlorenceDiv. wood, silk, metal, string and felt Case: 270 x 83,5 x 21,3 cm

This impressive instrument measures 2.83 metres, and is the longest surviving single-manual harpsichord. Slender and elongated, it exudes great elegance. Its dynamic stand and the ornate décor of the case with gilt scroll work makes this harpsichord a great example of Italian High Baroque. This particular instrument was commissioned by a high-ranking dignitary of the church. In the fashion typical for Italian harpsichords, this instrument has been constructed with very thin outer case walls. to ensure the quality of the sound, as the walls are only 5 mm thin.