The Clavichord

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Cambridge University Press, 19 nov. 1998 - 384 pagina's
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The clavichord, forerunner of the piano, was one of the most important instruments in Western keyboard history until the first decades of the nineteenth century. Bernard Brauchli's comprehensive history fills a major gap in the literature on this instrument. Beginning with the earliest-known references, he traces the clavichord's evolution up to the mid-nineteenth century, ending with a study of performance technique. The clavichord's structural developments (traced largely through an analysis of extant instruments), literary documentation (much of it presented here for the first time in English), treatises and iconographical sources are presented in chronological order. What emerges from this study of the various sources is an overview of the essential role this instrument played both socially and musically for more than four centuries, restoring the clavichord to the position it justly deserves in history. Awarded the Nicholas Bessaraboff Prize for 2001, honoring the best book-length organological study in the English language published in 1998/99.
 

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Origins of the clavichord
8
1400 to the beginning
21
The clavichord in the sixteenth century
55
The clavichord in the seventeenth century
95
The clavichord in the eighteenth century
136
Germany and its neighbouring countries
144
Sweden and other Scandinavian countries
176
Spain and Portugal
185
The clavichord in the early nineteenth century
230
Nineteenthcentury treatises
236
Aspects of clavichord performance practice
253
The Bebung and Tragen der Tone
267
Slurred notes
274
A comprehensive list of iconographical documents
281
Technical terms in five languages
295
Bibliography
361

Eighteenthcentury treatises
192
Eighteenthcentury composers and the clavichord
213

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