Harpsichordist from Paris to perform
Friday at the National Music Museum Francoise Lengell�?© will make the trek from Paris, France, to present a special brown bag lunch program, â�?�?Le Champion du clavecin,â�? �? at the National Music Museum on the campus of The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, Friday, July 25, at 12:05 p.m. in the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall. An internationally known harpsichordist, �? Ms. Lengell�?© will play the NMMâ�?�?s two-manual harpsichord built by Jacques Germain in Paris in 1785, just four years before the French Revolution in 1789. Jacques Germain was the leading French harpsichord maker of the second half of the 18th century. During the French Revolution, most of the French harpsichords were destroyed by mobs that ransacked the homes of upper class families.�? Along with other household furnishings, the instruments were thrown out of windows and burned.�? The NMMâ�?�?s example is one of the few that survived and is one of the best preserved. The soundboard is hand-painted with dozens of beautiful flowers, and the instrument sits on a stand with legs carved in the typical French style.�? As such, it pleases both the eye and the ear, which was a stated aim of the makers of the time. The NMMâ�?�?s Friday noon-hour brown bag lunch programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, go to www.nmm usd.org or call 605-677-5306.