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Kroll...presents a precise, user-friendly manual both for those with experience on the harpsichord and for pianists and organists who love the repertoire and want to play it on the instrument for which it was composed. He includes quotes from primary sources, about 100 musical examples, and a comprehensive bibliography. (Reference & Research Book News)

An experienced teacher and an impressive harpsichordist, anything Mark Kroll undertakes demands respect. His book certainly does that....The book is eminently practical and easy to understand....All in all an impressive achievement. (Early Music Review)

The title of this volume is particularly important; some harpsichord tutors for experienced musicians take a scholarly approach, providing hundreds of pages of background information. Kroll's purpose is to address one of the main frustration of the transitional player - flummoxed by the harpsichord's uniformity of sound, they don't know how to make the instrument sing....Kroll wants to make clear that there is more to expression that manipulating rhythm and registration and the use of 'supposedly authentic performance practice.'...Kroll has plenty of teaching and performance experience as well as a tangy, no-nonsense writing style. As a non-harpsichordist, I really enjoyed his take on what to tell present-day performers who want to venture into the past. (Early Music America)

...a useful contribution to the literature on harpsichord pedagogy....this book offers valuable insights for achieving expression at the harpsichord....Teachers and performers alike will welcome this book....In elucidating the most important facets of playing the harpsichord with expression, Mark Kroll succeeds admirably. (Early Keyboard Journal)

In a little over 100 pages Mark Kroll distils the essence of a long and distinguished career as a performer and teacher of the harpsichord....If you play the harpsichord, this book will be an invaluable companion by the keyboard; if you prefer to play early music on the modern piano, it will improve and inform your performances immeasurably. (Early Music Today)

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (October 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081085032X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810850323
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the most interesting books for the novice harpsichordist, covering basic and more sophisticated technical issues. Absent a real live teacher, it's a useful introduction that fills in gaps left by earlier manuals.
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I must say thank you to the author Mr. Mark Kroll, who wrote this very useful book.

He had explained very clearly points about harpsichord techniques, followed by relevant practical technique exercise so you can follow to drill further. Then he will also quote relevant historical treatise for further reference.

There are rare book talking about harpsichord technique and I'm so glad to have this book now. Especially those exercies regarding the articulation technique, I followed to practice daily, it had improved my technique gradually.
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This book is the most valuble method book i've ever read. It has helped me sooo much since I bought it and i've only had it for a month. Mark Kroll needs to win an award for this book. Every Harpsichordist NEEDS this book. It's mandatory that any harpsichordist that comes across this book gets it :-).
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An excellent text for teaching. I used this for a 'Guided Study in Harpsichord' (undergraduate level). Systematic approach to concepts, numerous examples to practice, enough tie-ins to historical information but not overwhelmingly so, helpful appendices regarding ornamentation, etc. Student (senior organ major) volunteered that he thought this was an outstanding text. Highly recommend.
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