By Ann Bond
This functional advisor treats the mechanics and evolution of the software and provides a survey of its literature. the writer discusses contact and procedure, together with articulation and fingering, and the problems occupied with ancient functionality practices. She additionally presents feedback on making a choice on and conserving a harpsichord.
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However, the rate at which the sound dies away is initially faster. This means that to some extent harpsichord tone is naturally articulated, especially in slow passages. When you release the key, the back of the key falls, and the jack drops back with it. The plectrum does not of course pluck the string again on the way down; it is enabled by an ingenious hinged tongue to Page 20 Figure 1a. Peter Bond. slide past the string without plucking it. As the key comes to rest, the damper drops onto the string, stopping the sound.
Chapter 2, which deals with the construction of the harpsichord, will enable you to recognize its components and understand how they function. I then pass naturally in chapter 3 to the diversification of the instrument during the two centuries of its heyday, examining the forms it took in different countries. ) This in turn lays the foundations for studying the repertory of the chief national schools of harpsichord composition, to which six chapters are devoted. Particular attention is paid to the French and Italian styles of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, since these styles have an important bearing on the way much early keyboard music should be played.
John Edmonds, in Cumbria, and Claire Andreoli, in New York, did sterling work, far beyond the call of friendship, in helping me to check available editions. The staff of Amadeus Press has coped heroically with the task of editing a book being written at the other side of the world, and I am grateful for their patience and help. It is my husband Peter, however, who has shared the greatest burden, making it possible for a totally non-technological person like myself to benefit from advanced computer technology and, latterly, the resources of the Internet.
A Guide to the Harpsichord by Ann Bond