Matthias Griewisch 2019, after an anonymous south german instrument



This instrument is a faithful copy of an original that is kept in the Landesmuseum Stuttgart. The original is not signed, but believed to be of South German origin and was built in the late seventeenth century.

The compass is C-E to c’’’, with a short and broken octave and is double fretted. It is eminently suited for the music of M.Weckmann, J.J.Froberger, D.Buxtehude and J.A.Reincken. In a sense, it forms the perfect link between the Ruckers Transposer and the German harpsichord after Michael Mietke.

The picture on the inside of the lid is an original oil painting on copper by an unnamed Flemish artist of the end of the seventeenth century. It depicts the story of Callisto as told by Ovid. It shows the moment when she, changed into a bear by Zeus' jealous wife Hera, recognizes her son Arcas whom she had to abandon years earlier. But all is well that ends well as they later become Ursa Major and Minor.