This is not a film about “How to make a Harpsichord”.
It is rather the story of a dedicated craftsman’s tortuous journey from his research in sourcing the right materials all the way to delivering the finished instrument for its first international concert by Spring of 2023. The film demonstrates the sheer diversity of the materials and processes used in the making of this unusual instrument. It will touch on such varied subjects as History, Music, Carpentry, Metal work, Joinery, Farming, Wild life and Nature. This promises to be a very exciting and visually stimulating piece of television work. What is so extraordinary and fascinating about Huw's approach to harpsichord making is the fact that he makes almost every part himself. He is a purist! The film follows Huw in his quest to identify and find unusual and surprising materials to make this unique instrument. Camel bone, Swan's feathers, Horse-tails, Iron gall ink and Hog's bristles! There are visits to suppliers of Brass and other materials, foundries, glowing crucibles, rare wood veneer collections. Discussions are held and prominent musical scholars are interviewed The making of the Harpsichord took about eighteen months. The inaugural concert will take place sometime in early 2023. Estimated delivery time for the final broadcast copy will be early by Spring of the same year.
The format: This story has enough content to make a series of twelve part half hour Television series. However the rich content will allow the material to be cut to a four/ six part / sixty minuet Series if requested.
The mood… Atmospheric warm interior lighting to suit the workshop feel combined with cool daylight coming through the windows.
At times the workshop air will be filled with sawdust. This will be exploited by the lighting to enhance the mood.
About Huw Saunders
About Farokh Khorooshi
The finished harpsichord was delivered to its proud new owner in Munich in June 2019. It has since been put though it's paces and was ready for a final fettle by Huw early in 2022. The final concert took place in Passau State Library on the banks of the river Danube on October 17th 2023.
Post-Production of this project almost complete.
4x 60 minute parts (completed)
12 x half hour parts (in edit)
8x half hour parts in edit)
Shot on a Red Epic in 2xHD (3840h x 2160v)