Auckland Libraries: Purcell harpsichord master

Heritage concert: Harpsichord master

Thursday 23 August 12.10pm to 1pm Free

We invite you to join us for our Spring series of Heritage Concerts, a special series of concerts where we have collaborated with musicians to reflect the heritage nature of our collections.

Two harpsichords

Auckland Central City Library is a treasure trove for music lovers, not only because of its comprehensive music collections but it has a reputation for exceptional concerts brought to you by the music community whom it serves. Our concert series was established in 2005 after Lewis Eady Ltd gifted the library with a beautiful Kawai grand piano. 

Come and experience these concerts, free in the centre of Auckland, a UNESCO city of music. 

Spring series concerts are on 9 and 23 August, 6 and 20 September, and 4 October. 

Purcell harpsichord master and masterful melodies 

Auckland Libraries has the only known copy of The harpsichord master, an early form of music tutor book for "learners on the spinnet or harpsichord" dating from 1697. Music by Henry Purcell, Jeremiah Clark and various other composers of this period are included in this fascinating little book. 

Peter Watts (harpsichord) and Katharine Watts (soprano) explore the music and explain how it came to be one of the treasures of Auckland Libraries. 

The concert will feature a complete performance of all the music in The harpsichord master, together with some of the original works from which the pieces were derived.

This promises to be a fascinating exploration of the library's great taonga, which will be on display in the Sir George Grey Special Collections Reading Room in August.

Two harpsichords


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