Inside Nelly's New Harpsichord

9:22 Published May 31, 2019

In 1793, George Washington acquired a large harpsichord for his step-granddaughter, Eleanor "Nelly" Parke Custis. For over two and a half years, John Watson, Conservator of Early Keyboard Instruments, worked to create a replica of Nelly Custis's 1793 Longman & Broderip 2-Manual Harpsichord. Dr. Joyce Lindorff, Professor of Keyboard Studies at Temple University, demonstrates what makes this unique instrument so special.

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