Fac-simile reconstruction of the clavichord on the intarsia of Duke Federico's studiolo at the Ducal palace of Urbino ca. 1479
This instrument is a replica of the fifteenth century clavichord represented on the walls of the studiolo of the Ducal Palace of Urbino, in the Marche region, Italy. Have a look at the study devoted to the original clavichord: click here.
The Urbino clavichord is perfectly fitted for the music of the 14th, 15th and early 16th century, including the very first music composed specifically for the keyboard. See for example the Buxheimer Orgelbuch, or the Robertsbridge codex or the Faenza codex, written in tablature,... See also, in order to explore the whole compass from F to f3, the music composed by Marco Antonio Cavazzoni (cf. les Recerchari published by Il Levate Libreria Editrice).
For a full description of the original instrument, with photographs and details, click here or see : Pierre Verbeek, The Urbino Clavichord Revisted, De Clavicordio X, Proc. of the VIII International Clavichord Symposium, Magnano, 6-10 September 2011, Ed. by Bernard Brauchli, Alberto Galazzo, Judith Wardman, ISBN 978-88-907625-1-3, p. 205-224.
Compass F-f3. Outer dimensions: approx. 1005 mm x 216 mm x 82 mm.