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By Ann Bond

ISBN-10: 1574670638

ISBN-13: 9781574670639

This sensible consultant treats the mechanics and evolution of the device and provides a survey of its literature. the writer discusses contact and approach, together with articulation and fingering, and the problems excited by old functionality practices. She additionally presents feedback on deciding upon and keeping a harpsichord.

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A few composers used staccato marks (either our modern dot, or the wedge-shaped mark we now associate with marcato), but this was infrequent. Articulation markings of any kind are scarce in keyboard music before about 1660; even after this date, the growth of articulation marking was hesitant and lagged far behind actual practice. Many eighteenth-century composers were still cavalier about their markings: you should not look for many indications in, for example, the works of Scarlatti. As in many other matters, the French baroque school was the most highly organized in respect of articulation.

But the keys were usually of ivory, and the casework was veneered in beautiful wood, often with marquetry. Kirckman produced some particularly striking instruments with maple-gold marquetry around the key-well. Paint was never used, on either the exterior or the soundboard. The typical English talent for invention found a ready outlet in the development of various technical devices. One was a way of cutting the jacks in a special dog-leg shape so that one of the eight-foot registers could be played from either manual (an idea that probably originated in the Netherlands).

A few composers used staccato marks (either our modern dot, or the wedge-shaped mark we now associate with marcato), but this was infrequent. Articulation markings of any kind are scarce in keyboard music before about 1660; even after this date, the growth of articulation marking was hesitant and lagged far behind actual practice. Many eighteenth-century composers were still cavalier about their markings: you should not look for many indications in, for example, the works of Scarlatti. As in many other matters, the French baroque school was the most highly organized in respect of articulation.

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