Modern Harpsichord Music

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A discography and bibliography of music written for the modern harpsichord, this volume features more than 800 mass-marketed recordings of some 600 compositions written after the revival of the harpsichord (ca. 1889). Also included is information pertaining to performances of compositions arranged for harpsichord. Although the modern harpsichord is a much greater part of 20th-century music than one might imagine, it is about to become a relic because of its historical incorrectness. This will leave sound ...

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Overview

A discography and bibliography of music written for the modern harpsichord, this volume features more than 800 mass-marketed recordings of some 600 compositions written after the revival of the harpsichord (ca. 1889). Also included is information pertaining to performances of compositions arranged for harpsichord. Although the modern harpsichord is a much greater part of 20th-century music than one might imagine, it is about to become a relic because of its historical incorrectness. This will leave sound recordings as the prime medium of information for contemporary compositions, most of which cannot be adequately performed on any other instrument.

The modern harpsichord consists of two manuals with at least four stops—one 4-foot, two 8-foot, and one 16-foot—operated by pedals. This type of harpsichord (except for the 16-foot stop) has been in existence since 1889. The new design, popular for many years, has fallen on hard times due to its lack of resonance and its historically inaccurate disposition of stops. Because it may well become an instrument of the past, this volume, which documents music composed specifically for the modern harpsichord, is especially valuable.

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Most people, even most musicians, consider harpsichords quaint but essentially obsolete and will be surprised to find cited here over 800 recordings of compositions or arrangements for the instrument since its revival in about 1889. They come from all over the world, the titles in little known languages being followed by English translations. The arrangement, difficult to follow at first, is alphabetical by composer, then by composition, then by recordings, which are numbered consecutively throughout. The indexes help, by genre, collection, label, performer, and harpsichord maker. Also includes a chronology. Excludes pop, rock, or light music except pieces known by composer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

MARTIN ELSTE is curator in the Museum of Musical Instruments, State Institute for Music Research, Berlin, and is chair of the Discography Committee of the International Association of Sound Archives.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations

How to Use the Discography

Introduction and Acknowledgments

Discography

Index 1: Compositions by Genre

Compositions for Solo Harpsichord and for Two Harpsichords: Concertos

Compositions for Chamber Ensemble

Compositions for Large Ensemble with Harpsichord

Vocal Music and Opera

Arrangements for Harpsichord (except Jazz and Popular Music)

Jazz and Popular Music

Compositions with Electronics and/or Magnetic Tape

Harpsichord Compositions Recorded Using a Piano

Compositions Performed on an Electronic Harpsichord or a Similar Instrument

Index 2: Chronology of Compositions

Index 3: Collections of Modern Harpsichord Music

Index 4: Labels and Record Numbers

Index 5: Harpsichordists

Index 6: Harpsichord Makers

References

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