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Kris Verhelst

Even though the history of the clavichord in the 17th and 18th century peaked mainly in Germany, Scandinavia, Portugal and Spain, there were musicians and composers in the Low Countries as well with a track record for this instrument. Unfortunately very few historical clavichords have come down to us, a missing link that stymies attempts to complete the puzzle of its history. To be sure, there are some iconographic sources showing the instrument, but to what extent and when exactly the harpsichord took over from its predecessor as the most popular keyboard instrument, is difficult to find out. The reconstruction of the history of the clavichord in our area is therefore not in the least an evident task, but far from being daunted by it, Kris Verhelst has been collecting evidence, interesting composers and good music, thus confirming her reputation as one of best connoisseurs of the clavichord at home and abroad. All this will result in a concert evoking how the clavichord may have sounded here in homes, or at the premises of composers.

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Kris Verhelst