My plan is to use this blog for two things:
- to write about my research on music history and the history of technology during the Early Modern period,
- and to present digital resources for historians of these topics and this period.
My research focuses in particular on keyboard instrument building during the latter half of the 18th century, especially in Germany. I try to understand developments in instrument design during this period by asking questions not about the instruments, but about their makers: what do we know about 18th-century builders, how they lived and worked? Were they artisans, artists, musicians, celebrities? Who were their friends and acquaintances; who influenced them? Why did they build as they did?
I have found that research on the history of technology, and most especially traditional craft practice, faces a fundamental challenge: relatively little has ever been written about these topics, either by craftspeople or by scholars. I hope that this blog can become a collection of resources and writing that will help to address that lack.