Playing Bach on the Keyboard / Edition 1

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Overview

(Amadeus). In this concise and accessible volume, a noted keyboard artist and Bach specialist takes a fresh look at the performance of J. S. Bach's keyboard music. Addressing the nonspecialist player, Richard Troeger presents a wide range of historical information and discusses its musical applications. The author shares accounts of the musical styles Bach employed and the instruments he knew. In direct and pragmatic terms, he clarifies the importance of notational and style details as guides to the composer's intentions, particularly emphasizing changes in notational norms between Bach's time and the present. Troeger offers core information on dynamics, articulation, tempo, rhythm, ornamentation and accompaniment. He considers controversial issues as well, establishing the importance of the clavichord in Bach's milieu and examining the link between baroque music and rhetoric a dramatic relationship that can bring great vitality to performance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574670844
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 1,030,762
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11
Introduction, History and Performance 15
Pt. I Sounds and Styles
Ch. 1 Instruments 21
Ch. 2 Genres and Styles in Bach's Keyboard Music 47
Pt. II Performance and Notational Practices
Ch. 3 Accounts of Bach's Playing Style 85
Ch. 4 Dynamics 93
Ch. 5 Articulation 107
Ch. 6 Phrasing and Accent 125
Ch. 7 Meter, Tempo, and Time Words 142
Ch. 8 Rhythmic Elements 155
Ch. 9 Ornamentation and Embellishment 174
Ch. 10 Keyboard Fingering 207
Ch. 11 Continuo Accompaniment and Ensemble Playing 218
Pt. III Speculative Matters
Ch. 12 Musical Rhetoric 227
Ch. 13 Temperament 251
Ch. 14 Musicology and the Performer 258
App. A Editions and Facsimiles 263
App. B Tempo Relationships 265
App. C Styles in the Keyboard Works 268
App. D Performance Practice Myths 272
Glossary 277
Selected Bibliography 285
General Index 295
Index of Works Cited 302
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