- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 3, 1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0193184192
- ISBN-13: 978-0193184190
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Keyboard Interpretation From the 14th to the 19th Century: An Introduction Paperback – July 3, 1975
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Another problem is that the notation system has changed a great deal over the centuries. When we see the old mensural notation we know we are into something different. However, the pieces from the Baroque are different from the Classic era, which are also different from the Romantics and the moderns. Each of these eras has a different set of customs when it comes to certain notations that can lead the performer astray. This book helps the performer understand what those differences are. For example, we have our modern piano method of playing scales and where we pass the thumb under. However in the Baroque and pre-Classic eras they did not use the thumb in the same way. If you look at CPE Bach's notation for a G major scale, our modern method is the least desirable in his mind, but his preferred method of playing it would bewilder a modern pianist.
A great deal of material is covered in this relatively short book. The explanations are clear, but will require some experience in playing a keyboard instrument to be meaningful to the reader. There is also a very useful list of facsimiles and modern editions (circa 1975). Much has been improved in music editions since the time this book was first published. Still, the performer is better off knowing about these issues and making decisions that will enliven their performance and delight those listening to them.