BIBLE REGAL

Copy of original instrument in Musikhistorisk Museum og Carl Claudius' Samling, Copenhagen

 

Bellows
Oak, painted, covered in leather with brass mountings, each one measuring 203x306 mm.

Chest with keyboard
In four pieces, oak, painted, 634x68x54 mm. Keys of boxwood and pearwood.

Pipes
Open pipes without resonators, pearwood, shallots of tinned iron, reeds of brass.

Range
4 octaves C-b", minus lowest C#. 


The bright and direct but genial sound characteristic of this regal makes the instrument equally well suited for solo-playing (dances and organ music of the 16th and 17th century) and accompaniment.

Look at this video to see the instrument being transformed from a bible to a musical instrument:

 


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