Ralph Kirkpatrick

Ralph Kirkpatrick ( born June 10, 1911 in Leominster, Massachusetts, † April 13, 1984 in Guilford, Connecticut ) was an American harpsichordist.


Kirkpatrick was educated at Harvard until 1931 piano and notation. As a scholar, he studied at Harvard University, then with Nadia Boulanger and Wanda Landowska in Paris, with Arnold Dolmetsch in Haslemere, with Heinz Tiessen (Berlin ) and Günther Ramin in Leipzig.

In the years 1933 and 1934, he taught himself at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 1937, he was moved by a grant in the position to undertake a comprehensive musicological ambitious travel throughout Europe, where he also conducted research for manuscripts and old musical instruments. 1940 taught Kirkpatrick then at Yale University ( USA), where he published a new list of works of Domenico Scarlatti, that the obsolete replaced by Alessandro Longo.

Kirkpatrick frequently played chamber music, in addition, he worked with modern music such as Quincy Porter's Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra ( 1960), Darius Milhaud's Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord (1960 ) and the Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano and chamber orchestra by Elliott Carter (1961 ) which is dedicated to him.

He became known for his harpsichord recordings of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti. He also used the clavichord (about Bach's two-and three -part inventions ) and the pianoforte (especially in works by Mozart) For shooting.

On April 2, 1999, an asteroid was named after him ( 9902 ) Kirkpatrick.