Top critical review
Good for what it is
February 27, 2007
Do not buy this book, as I did, if you are looking for a thoughtful scholarly discussion of baroque ornamentation. That, it is not. It also has little, if anything, to say about ornamentation for non-keyboard instruments.
For what it is, however, it's not a bad book. If you are an intermediate keyboard player (or a keyboard teacher shopping for an intermediate keyboard player), I can recommend this with slight reservation. While it doesn't offer an interested student much insight into the Baroque psychology that generated this style of ornamentation, it does provide a reliable (if very basic and somewhat superficial) introduction to specific ornamentation in baroque and classical keyboard music, so it would be good for a piano or harpsichord student who is just being introduced to the Bach two-part inventions or simple preludes.