Early Keyboard Instruments: A Practical Guide

Early Keyboard Instruments: A Practical Guide

by David Rowland
     
 

"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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521643665
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2014
Series:
Cambridge Handbooks to the Historical Performance of Music Series
Pages:
166
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile:
1660L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations and pitch nomenclature
1Stylistic awareness and keyboard music1
2Repertory, performance and notation9
Choice and sources of repertory9
Repertories, performance traditions and keyboard tutors11
Editions and facsimiles14
Aspects of notation18
3The instruments24
Harpsichords25
Virginals and spinets31
Clavichords32
Pianos33
Temperaments39
Purchase, care and tuning of reproduction instruments41
4Use of instruments and technique43
Which instrument?43
Harpsichord registration46
Piano pedalling52
Hand position and finger technique58
Fingering and keyboard touch60
Some clavichord techniques67
5Non-notated and notated issues69
Improvisation and preluding69
Cadenzas, fermatas and lead-ins72
Embellishment75
Tempo fluctuation and tempo rubato78
Slurs, dots and wedges82
Spread chords85
6Case studies88
Louis Couperin's suites88
J. S. Bach: French Overture93
Haydn: Sonata in C minor, Hob.XVI:2098
Mozart: Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 467100
Beethoven: Sonata in D major, Op. 10, No. 3105
Chopin: Nocturne in E[flat], Op. 9, No. 2109
7Continuo realisation113
Instrumentation114
Texture and style117
Recitative accompaniment123
Notes125
Select bibliography143
Index148

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