NEUPERT virginal after A. Gheerdinck

NEUPERT virginal
"A. Gheerdinck"

This NEUPERT-virginal is a replica after an instrument made by Artus Gheerdinck
(1564 - 1624), Amsterdam 1605 (now Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg,

It is the master’s only surviving instrument and an especially fine model of a type of
instrument, which was very popular in the Netherlands at this period.

Gheerdinck’s workshop was close to the Amsterdam “Oude Kerk”, where Gheerdinck’s
contemporary Jan Peterzoon Sweelinck was an organist at this time. So we may suppose,
that there was an extensive contact between musician and instrument maker.

Virginals were made in the Netherlands with the keyboard either in the right or the left part
of the case. Virginals with the keyboard on the right (so called “muselars” after Claas Douwes, 1699)
have a dark, rather fundamental sound - in literature occasionally compared to
the “grunting of pigs”. The virginal of A. Gheerdinck with its keyboard on the left (Claas
Douwes: “spinet”) belongs to a type of instrument the sound of which resembles a harpsichord,
thus giving the virginal a much wider range of application.

Its case is covered with sea-horse wallpaper, a decoration which was very popular in the
Netherlands at that time.

Technical details:

disposition: 1 x 8’
compass: C - d3 = 4 ¼ octaves
pitch: 415 Hz or 440 Hz after request
measurements: width 166 cm, depth 50 cm, net weight 28 kg


painted sound board
motto on the inside of the lid
cover matching the instrument


Dati tecnici
Disposizione: 1 x 8’
Estensione: DO1 – RE5, 4 ¼ Ottave
Corista: a richiesta 415 oppure 440 Hz
Dimensioni: Lunghezza 166 cm, Larghezza 50 cm, Peso 28 Kg
Forniture opzionali
Iscrizione all’ interno del coperchio
Decorazione della tavola armonica
Coperta di protezione su misura