Method for Harpsichord. A practical guide for Pianists, Organists and Harpsichordists
- Publisher: Ut Orpheus
- Code: DM 69
- In Stock
The principles outlined here can be applied with just a few modifications to the clavichord and the fortepiano. The student will find three types of musical excerpts: purely technical exercises, which isolate the specific movement to be mastered; short fragments – what François Couperin styled évolutions – in which the movement is practised in a more authentic context; and studies which are more complex in scope. The author has chosen not to start from the elementary stage, since this is dealt with in other methods, but rather to go in some detail into the intermediate and advanced levels. The material has been largely transcribed or adapted from the harpsichord repertoire; in some cases Baiano has composed it himself. Except when it comes to scales, the author has deliberately avoided quoting from the recognised manuals. In the historical literature technical instructions tend to be of a general nature, while Baiano's aim here is to ‘take students by the hand’ and help them gradually to acquire (or perfect) the fundamental mechanisms which are indispensable for successful harpsichord playing.
The author has also deliberately kept the section devoted to interpretation quite short: if one were to go in depth into all the problems concerned with style and expression (and could one ever cover them all?), this would require a massive volume all to itself. Besides, the danger is always for a written text to turn into dogma, laying down sterile rules which cannot possibly encompass all the infinite variables that crop up in musical discourse. Music has to be made; it can only be explained up to a point. Thus Baiano has chosen to restrict himself to a few words of advice, just to start the performer off, aware that whatever he says will have its limits in practice. He remains convinced that personal experience and work alongside a teacher are immeasurably more fruitful.
Author: Enrico Baiano
Publication Date: Second Edition 3/30/2010
Pages: pp. 228
Size: 230x310 mm
Binding: Paperback (Soft Cover)
Code: DM 69