English Harpsichord - Edition Beurmann

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mp3 Demo - J. C. Bach - Grave c moll

mp3 Demo - Thomas Augustine Arne - Allegro A

mp3 Demo - Mozart - aus dem Londoner Skizzenbuch - g Moll

Demo tracks by Steffen Fahl


mp3 Demo - Tutti (Both 8' + 4' combined) - J.K.F. Fischer - Rondeau

mp3 Demo - Both 8' - J. K. F. Fischer - Chaconne

mp3 Demo - Upper 8' - J. J. Froberger - Sarabande

mp3 Demo - Nasale stop - Cabezon - Fabordone del primer Tono

mp3 Demo - 4' - J. J. Froberger - Sarabande

mp3 Demo - Lower 8' - J. K. F. Fischer - Allemande

mp3 Demo - Lute stop - G. F. Händel - Gavotte

Demo tracks by Tobias Birkenbeil

The performances contain additional reverb.


The English Harpsichord library features an instrument built by Jacob Kirckman in 1766. Due to its two manuals and many registers, the Kirckman harpsichord offers lots of unqiue sounds, sampled with 6 register combinations, including the upper 8', lower 8' (principal 8'), both 8' together, the 4' register, the lute stop as well as the nasale stop only available with Kirckman instruments.

Jacob Kirckman's harpsichords are highly sought-after because of their sound quality and their signature sound. This harpsichord is one of seven Kirckman instruments within the Beurmann Collection, impressively showing off its special qualities.


Kirckman harpsichord - photo: Andreas E. Beurmann

Like all harpsichords, the Kirckman is not touch-sensitive. However, not any given note will sound exactly the same twice due to different resonances of body and strings. Up to now, many keyboards and samplers represented harpsichords by always triggering off the exact same digital sample, leaving a sterile sounding impression.

In order to pay tribute to the liveliness and depth of this antique instrument, we captured every sampled register with up to 8 variations of each note.


inner side view of the Kirckman harpsichord - photo: Andreas E. Beurmann

To complete the harpsichord experience, we recorded every register with 4 different release samples of each note.

Remaining in great condition in the collection of Andreas Beurmann, it is now available for your sampler, presented in its original Valotti tuning at 368 Hz (presets in 440 Hz are included as well). Furthermore, the library contains an essay in German by Dr. Andreas Beurmann, explaining both the historical and musical background of the instrument.

Presets are included for HAlion®, Kontakt® (full version required) and EXS24® software samplers.

The sample library consists of more than 3.600 single samples.

Recorded in the great sounding rooms of the Hasselburg estate, we employed vintage Neumann™ TLM170® microphones in conjunction with Crane Song™ Flamingo® preamps and Universal Audio™ 2192® digital converters. We recorded the instrument at 192 kHz/24 bits, downsampled to your resolution of choice.

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Samplerate 192 kHz
Format Kontakt™/HAlion™/EXS24™
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