Early Keyboard Instruments: A Practical Guide

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"Early Keyboard Instruments covers a wide range of performance issues on keyboard instruments relevant to music from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. It includes descriptions of the harpsichords, clavichords, pianos and other stringed keyboard instruments used by performers of the period as well as aspects of technique such as harpsichord registration, piano pedalling and keyboard fingering. Aspects of the notation of keyboard music are discussed, as are matters such as articulation, embellishment, tempo flexibility and rubato. A substantial chapter is devoted to case studies, illustrating how the aspects of performance discussed in the rest of the book are worked out in practice, whether playing on period instruments or on the modern piano. A select bibliography and extensive endnotes enable the reader to take all of the issues further."--BOOK JACKET.
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"Overall Rowland gives valuable practical information." CHOICE Nov 2001
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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations and pitch nomenclature
1 Stylistic awareness and keyboard music 1
2 Repertory, performance and notation 9
Choice and sources of repertory 9
Repertories, performance traditions and keyboard tutors 11
Editions and facsimiles 14
Aspects of notation 18
3 The instruments 24
Harpsichords 25
Virginals and spinets 31
Clavichords 32
Pianos 33
Temperaments 39
Purchase, care and tuning of reproduction instruments 41
4 Use of instruments and technique 43
Which instrument? 43
Harpsichord registration 46
Piano pedalling 52
Hand position and finger technique 58
Fingering and keyboard touch 60
Some clavichord techniques 67
5 Non-notated and notated issues 69
Improvisation and preluding 69
Cadenzas, fermatas and lead-ins 72
Embellishment 75
Tempo fluctuation and tempo rubato 78
Slurs, dots and wedges 82
Spread chords 85
6 Case studies 88
Louis Couperin's suites 88
J. S. Bach: French Overture 93
Haydn: Sonata in C minor, Hob.XVI:20 98
Mozart: Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 467 100
Beethoven: Sonata in D major, Op. 10, No. 3 105
Chopin: Nocturne in E[flat], Op. 9, No. 2 109
7 Continuo realisation 113
Instrumentation 114
Texture and style 117
Recitative accompaniment 123
Notes 125
Select bibliography 143
Index 148
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