A Guide to the Harpsichord

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2001 - Music - 267 pages
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This practical guide treats the mechanics and evolution of the instrument, and offers a survey of its literature. The author provides valuable advice on touch and technique, including articulation and fingering, with a lucid exposition of the issues involved in historical performance practice and a clear explanation of ornamentation. The repertoire of each of the great national schools is presented and discussed, with four representative pieces singled out for detailed analysis. More advanced players will welcome the author's suggestions on continuo playing and the helpful discussion of tuning and temperaments. From advice on acquiring a harpsichord, to wise counsel on how to play it and what music to choose, to suggestions on maintenance and tuning, A Guide to the Harpsichord is an indispensable companion for both beginning and advanced harpsichordists.
  

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Contents

Setting the Scene
9
The Mechanics of the Harpsichord
18
Harpsichord Building in the Past
32
The Eclipse and Rebirth of the Instrument
44
Starting to Play the Harpsichord
51
Articulation in Harpsichord Music
58
A Musical Interlude
71
Techniques for the More Experienced Player
84
The French Style
144
French Baroque Style in Performance
160
The German Style
169
The Spanish Style
179
A Commonsense View of Ornamentation
186
First Steps in Continuo Playing
206
Simple Facts About Pitch Tuning and Temperament
222
Care Maintenance and Tuning of the Harpsichord
230

Fingering
91
Issues of Historical Performance Practice
104
Discovering the Repertory How to Choose and Buy Music
119
The English Style
124
The Italian Style
135
TwentiethCentury Harpsichord Music
245
Useful Information
247
Bibliography
254
Index
258
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