Harpsichords and pianos that were in the Carolinas from the 18th to mid-19th centuries tell the stories of the people who sold, bought, repaired, played, taught on, and listened to these instruments, interweaving information gleaned from newspaper advertisements, personal accounts, and material artifacts. In doing so, our inaugural exhibit demonstrates how the various historical factors shaped the development and cultivation of music in the Carolinas.
Facing South Book
One of the finest collections of representative and often playable historic keyboards in the United States ranging from the 1748 Jacob Kirkman harpsichord to the 1857 Grow and Christopher square piano, Facing South; features 28 beautifully photographed instruments complete with their rich history and technical specifications, Thomas Strange and Dr. Patrick Hawkins have provided the music historian and the music lover an experience that makes history live through these instruments and the composers who wrote for them.
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