Courtesy of Natalie and Eugene Phillips, the Department of Music now owns a clavichord. Donated by the Phillips from their personal collection, the clavichord will be a welcome addition to a departmental collection which already includes two fine harpsichords. Popular from the 14th through the 18th centuries, the clavichord produces a much subtler, softer sound then its contemporary, the harpsichord. And while we expect that the instrument will be used primarily by our piano students, no doubt some ambitious young composers will come up with novel applications for their original scores.
Natalie Phillips is a retired Senior Lecturer in piano and continues to teach several piano students on a part-time basis. Eugene is well known as a composer, had an illustrious career as a violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and as a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. We are grateful to the Phillips for donating their clavichord to the Department.