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A History of Pianoforte Pedalling

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  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511878879

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  • David Rowland traces the history of piano pedaling from its beginnings in the eighteenth century to its first maturity in the middle of the nineteenth century and beyond. Pedaling technique was a major feature of nineteenth-century piano performance and, coupled with new developments in piano structure, inspired many composers to write innovative works for the literature. Rowland examines this through the technique and music of composer-pianists such as Beethoven, Liszt, and Chopin and follows the transition from harpsichord and clavichord to piano. The book also includes an appendix of translated extracts from three well-known piano-pedaling tutors.

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    "Although this is admittedly a highly specialized study, it is one that should not be neglected by musical historians, or by pianists who are interested in improving their understanding of the music of the past." Notes

    "Rowland has done a great service by gathering together all of the 'hard' evidence: quotations from treatises, descriptions of performances, students' accounts, and musical examples with composers' pedal markings. Pianists will find much that is fascinating ..." Early Keyboard Journal

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511878879
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I: The Instruments:
    1. The transition from the harpsichord and clavichord to the piano
    2. Stops, levers and pedals
    Part II. Pedalling and the Early Pianists:
    3. Documentary accounts of early pedalling
    4. Early technique of the pedals as described in tutors
    5. Early pedal markings
    6. Mozart and his contemporaries
    Part III. Pedalling After c.1820:
    7. The emergence of modern pedalling
    8. The sustaining pedal after c.1800
    9. Other pedals from c.1800
    Appendix: J. P. Milchmeyer, Die wahre Art das Pianoforet zu spielen
    Louis Adam: Méthode de Piano du Conservatoire
    Daniel Steibelt, Méthode de Piano.

  • Author

    David Rowland, The Open University, Milton Keynes

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