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Playing the Harpsichord Expressively: A Practical and Historical Guide

Playing the Harpsichord Expressively: A Practical and Historical Guide

by Mark KrollMark Kroll


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The art of expressive harpsichord playing was lost when the instrument was replaced by the piano in the nineteenth century. Despite the great strides in harpsichord performance and building made during the last 100 years, the full expressive potential of the instrument has not yet been realized, or sometimes even acknowledged by professionals or amateurs. This book reveals the depth of expression that is possible on the harpsichord, and teaches the performer how to achieve it. Previous books devoted to playing the instrument have either been written for amateurs and beginners with little or no experience on the harpsichord, or they take a scholarly approach. This resource is written with a different goal in mind: teaching the art of expressive harpsichord playing to those who have had experience on the instrument, and also to pianists and organists who love the repertoire, and want to play it on the keyboard instrument for which it was composed. Presented together with quotes from the most important primary sources on the instrument, the book contains more than 100 musical examples in an easily-accessible format and one of the most comprehensive bibliographies available.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810850323
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,229,747
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Mark Kroll, recognized as one of the world's leading harpsichordists and fortepianists, has won critical acclaim for his virtuosity and expressive playing during a career that has spanned more than three decades. A noted authority on period instruments and performance practice, he has written on a wide range of subjects, given master classes and courses throughout the country and Europe, and served for 25 years as Professor of Harpsichord and Fortepiano and Chairman of the Department of Historical Performance at Boston University.

Table of Contents

Part 1 List of Illustrations Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Method of Using This Book Part 5 Introduction Part 6 Section I:Techniques Chapter 7 Lesson I: Basic Technique Chapter 8 Lesson II: Articulation Chapter 9 Lesson III: Advanced Exercies in Expressive Articulation Chapter 10 Lesson IV: Resolving Dissonance Chapter 11 Lesson V: Two-Part Textures Chapter 12 Lesson VI: Multivoiced Textures Chapter 13 Lesson VII: Polyphonic Music Chapter 14 Lesson VIII: Homophony (Playing Chords) Chapter 15 Lesson IX: Accompaniment Figures Chapter 16 Lesson X: Playing Ornaments Chapter 17 Lesson XI: Registration Chapter 18 Lesson XII: Special Techniques Chapter 19 Lesson XIII: Fingering Part 20 Section II: Playing in Style Chapter 21 Lesson I: Rhythm Chapter 22 Lesson II: Style brisé and Chapter 23 Lesson III: Dance Movements Chapter 24 Lesson IV: Ornaments Chapter 25 Lesson V: Free Embellishment and Improvisation Chapter 26 Lesson VI: Character and Dedicatory Pieces Chapter 27 Lesson VII: Conclusion - National Styles Part 28 Appendix I: Ornaments: A Quick Reference Guide Part 29 Appendix II: Summary of Harpsichord Terminology Part 30 Appendix III: Contemporary Harpsichord Music Part 31 Notes Part 32 Bibliography Part 33 Index Part 34 About the Author

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