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A History of Pianoforte Pedalling
     

A History of Pianoforte Pedalling

by John Butt (Editor), Rowland David, David Rowland
 

David Rowland traces the history of piano pedaling from its beginnings in the eighteenth century to its first maturity in the middle of the nineteenth century and beyond. Pedaling technique was a major feature of nineteenth-century piano performance and, coupled with new developments in piano structure, inspired many composers to write innovative works for the

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David Rowland traces the history of piano pedaling from its beginnings in the eighteenth century to its first maturity in the middle of the nineteenth century and beyond. Pedaling technique was a major feature of nineteenth-century piano performance and, coupled with new developments in piano structure, inspired many composers to write innovative works for the literature. Rowland examines this through the technique and music of composer-pianists such as Beethoven, Liszt, and Chopin and follows the transition from harpsichord and clavichord to piano. The book also includes an appendix of translated extracts from three well-known piano-pedaling tutors.

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"Although this is admittedly a highly specialized study, it is one that should not be neglected by musical historians, or by pianists who are interested in improving their understanding of the music of the past." Notes

"Rowland has done a great service by gathering together all of the 'hard' evidence: quotations from treatises, descriptions of performances, students' accounts, and musical examples with composers' pedal markings. Pianists will find much that is fascinating ..." Early Keyboard Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521607513
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.43(d)

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