School of Music Adds a Harpsichord to the Collection

PLAINVIEW - Thursday was a special day for the School of Music as it received the delivery of a new harpsichord. The instrument was purchased thanks to the generosity of a donor who made the initial gift, and the Friends of Music organization that donated the remainder.

Dean of the School of Music Dr. Ann Stutes was excited about the delivery and what it means for the school.

"It is so fulfilling to realize that we can now perform virtually every style of music as intended," she said. "Previously we could not replicate the true late Renaissance and Baroque sounds since we were lacking the harpsichord."

The Renaissance and Baroque periods encompass the music of composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, Handel and others that was popular in the 16th-18th centuries.

The harpsichord is similar to a piano in its string design. However, unlike the piano, a harpsichord's strings are plucked instead of hammered. The harpsichord keyboard operates what is essentially a pick, giving the instrument a unique sound.

"This truly enriches our instrument collection in a significant way and enhances our academic potential," Stutes said. "Faculty are chomping at the bit to program music for the new instrument. They may actually duke it out to see who gets to use it first in a recital."

The initial recital for the new instrument is yet to be scheduled.