The Music of Washington's World

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Inside George Washington's Harpsichord

13,544 views June 21, 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. Nelly's new harpsichord can be seen in the new room of the mansion at Mount Vernon. Learn more:
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