L'art de Toucher Le Clavecin

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Alfred Music Publishing, 1974 - Music - 84 pages
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An important 18th-century instruction book, Couperin's The Art of Playing the Harpsichord contains valuable information on technique, fingering, phrasing, ornamentation and keyboard performance style. Halford's scholarly introduction includes a biographical sketch of the composer, a thorough discussion of French Baroque ornamentation and a useful summary of Couperin's style. The eight preludes used by Couperin to illustrate his approach are musical gems rarely found in other collections.
 

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Contents

Biographical note
3
Ornamentation
12
Fingering Phrasing and Articulation
21
Title Page of the First Original Edition 1716
27
A Little Essay on the Style of Fingering for Reaching an Understanding of
33
Evolutions or Little Exercises for Training the Hands
40
Allemande
47
First Prelude
56
Fourth Prelude
62
Observations
70
Passages from my Second Book of Pieces Which are Ambiguous in Fingering
77
APPROBATION
84
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About the author (1974)

Francois Couperin est ne d une illustre famille (son oncle Louis Couperin) en 1668 a Paris et mort en 1733. Surnomme -Le Grand-. Compositeur et professeur de clavecin, il s est demarque dans les messes pour orgues avec -Lecons de Tenebres pour le Mercredi Saint-

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