List of period instruments

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The clavichord is an example of a period instrument.

In the historically informed performance movement, musicians perform classical music using restored or replicated versions of the instruments for which it was originally written. Often performances by such musicians are said to be "on authentic instruments".

This article consists of a list of such instruments, including both instruments that are now obsolete and early versions of instruments that continued to be used in later classical music. This list only includes woodwind, keyboard, and brass instruments.

Renaissance (1400–1600)

Regal, c1600, from Frauenfeld Abbey, Switzerland

Woodwinds

Keyboards

Clavichord

Harpsichord

Virginal

Baroque (1600–1750)

Baroque violin and violoncello da spalla or viola da spalla (cello like instrument often held to chest or shoulder by a strap while playing)

Strings

A double-manual harpsichord after Jean-Claude Goujon (1749).

Woodwind

Brasses

Baroque trumpet, Cornetto, Serpent, Sackbut

Keyboards

Classical (1750–1820)

A Classical 4-key boxwood clarinet, ca. 1760.

Strings

Woodwinds

Keyboards

Brasses

See also

External links

  • Early musical instruments
  • Historical Brass Instruments as described by Antique Sound Workshop, Ltd.
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