Playing Bach on the Keyboard / Edition 1

Playing Bach on the Keyboard / Edition 1

by Richard Troeger
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Hal Leonard Corporation

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Playing Bach on the Keyboard / Edition 1

(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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781574670844
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 09/01/2003
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: History and Performance15
Part I.Sounds and Styles
Chapter 1.Instruments21
The harpsichord
The lute-harpsichord
The clavichord
The pedal harpsichord and clavichord
The fortepiano
The modern piano
The organ
Orchestral instruments
Suggestions for further reading
Chapter 2.Genres and Styles in Bach's Keyboard Music47
Basic genres
French and Italian national styles
Imitation of other media
Stylus phantasticus
Musical imagery
Galant style
Interdependence of elements
Suggestions for further reading
Part II.Performance and Notational Practices
Chapter 3.Accounts of Bach's Playing Style85
Bach's playing as described by his contemporaries
Bach's performance directions
Chapter 4.Dynamics93
Musical textures and the harpsichord
Bach's keyboard writing
Orchestral and terrace dynamics
Dynamics based on harmony
Dynamics and musical context
Suggestions for further reading
Chapter 5.Articulation107
General articulatory styles
"Ordinary movement"
Detachment and staccato
Slur meanings
Notational habits
Bach's articulatory notation
Upbeat slurring
Rests and releases
Articulation of themes and motives
Suggestions for further reading
Chapter 6.Phrasing and Accent125
Metric variation
Musical scansion
Figural writing
Timing in the stylus phantasticus
Reiteration of notes
Phrasing and dynamics
Playing counterpoint
Suggestions for further reading
Chapter 7.Meter, Tempo, and Time Words142
Tempo and time signatures
Meter and the stylus phantasticus
Tempo words
Tempo and musical context
Suggestions for further reading
Chapter 8.Rhythmic Elements155
Musical shaping
Foreground, middleground, and background
Rhythmic functions
Final cadences
Rhythmic notation and performance practices
Variable dot
Two against three
Suggestions for further reading
Chapter 9.Ornamentation and Embellishment174
Variability in ornaments
The trill
The tremolo
The mordent
The turn
The slide
One-note graces
Block-notated chords
Elaboration of fermatas
Conventional additions of ornaments
Bach's note picture
Varied repetitions
Bach's doubles
Suggestions for further reading
Chapter 10.Keyboard Fingering207
Suggestions for further reading
Chapter 11.Continuo Accompaniment and Ensemble Playing218
Suggestions for further reading
Part III.Speculative Matters
Chapter 12.Musical Rhetoric227
The rhetorical model in brief
Inventio; loci topici (invention; finding topics)
Dispositio (arrangement)
Decoratio (figures of speech)
Rhetoric and performance
Suggestions for further reading
Chapter 13.Temperament251
Suggestions for further reading
Chapter 14.Musicology and the Performer258
Appendix A.Editions and Facsimiles263
Appendix B.Tempo Relationships265
Appendix C.Styles in the Keyboard Works268
Appendix D.Performance Practice Myths272
Selected Bibliography285
General Index295
Index of Works Cited302

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