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Playing the Harpsichord Expressively: A Practical and Historical Guide Paperback – October 8, 2004
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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)
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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.