Music: Harpsichordists out of Tune

The harpsichord went out when the piano came in. Nobody at the time seemed very sorry: the piano was easier to play, its notes carried further, and it had greater range of tone. But the harpsichord has made a startling comeback—thanks largely to one woman. There has probably been more harpsichord-playing in New York in the past year than any time since the days of George Washington. Last week Manhattan harpsichord fans, a serious-minded lot, could hear either the master herself, stately, 67-year-old Wanda Landowska, or her most successful ex-pupil, Ralph Kirkpatrick.

To the unschooled ear, the harpsichord jangles like a regiment...

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