The Raritan Players: Sisters, Face to Face

September 5, 2019, 9:00 am

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This new album from the Raritan Players tells the story of how women of the 18th century shaped the legacy of the Bach family through their use of the harpsichord and fortepiano, the precursors to the modern piano. Previously, musicians have been taught that the fortepiano replaced the harpsichord suddenly and completely around 1780. But researcher Dr. Rebecca Cypess of Rutgers University has shown not only that these and other keyboard instruments coexisted happily for decades, but also that they were often used together to play duets and double concertos.