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The Cambridge Companion to the Harpsichord


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John Koster, Pieter Dirksen, Andrew Woolley, Ton Koopman, Mark Kroll, Rebecca Cypess, João Pedro d'Alvarenga, Águeda Pedrero-Encabo, Marina Ritzarev, Anna Maria McElwain, Pedro Persone, Robert L. Marshal, Larry Palmer, Paul Poletti
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  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316609705

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  • Written by fourteen leading experts in the field, this Companion covers almost every aspect of the harpsichord - the history of the instrument, tuning systems, the role of the harpsichord in ensemble, its use in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and includes separate chapters devoted to Domenico Scarlatti, J. S. Bach and Handel. Chapters featuring almost every national style are written by authors with close connections to the countries about which they are writing, including England, The Netherlands, Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, as well as the less extensive harpsichord traditions of Russia, the Nordic and Baltic countries, and colonial Spanish and Portuguese America. With musical examples, illustrations, a timeline of the harpsichord, and an appendix of composers, reliable editions and original sources, this book is for all who love the harpsichord, or want to learn more about it.

    • The authoritative guide to the harpsichord and its music from the Renaissance to the present
    • Features a timeline, guide to further reading, numerous illustrations and musical examples, and an appendix listing composers, reliable editions and original sources
    • Showcases the rich diversity of instruments, repertoire and performance styles throughout Great Britain, Continental Europe, Russia, the Nordic and Baltic countries, and South America
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    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316609705
    • length: 406 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 173 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 40 music examples
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. History and construction of the harpsichord John Koster
    2. The Virginalists Pieter Dirksen
    3. England Andrew Woolley
    4. The Netherlands and Northern Germany Ton Koopman
    5. Southern Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire to 1750 Pieter Dirksen
    6. France Mark Kroll
    7. Italy Rebecca Cypess
    8. Portugal João Pedro d'Alvarenga
    9. Spain Águeda Pedrero-Encabo
    10. Domenico Scarlatti in Portugal and Spain João Pedro d'Alvarenga and Águeda Pedrero-Encabo
    11. Russia Marina Ritzarev
    12. The Nordic and Baltic countries Anna Maria McElwain
    13. The harpsichord in colonial Spanish and Portuguese America Pedro Persone
    14. Bach, Handel and the harpsichord Robert L. Marshall
    15. The harpsichord in ensemble Mark Kroll
    16. Contemporary harpsichord music Larry Palmer
    17. Tuning and temperament Paul Poletti.

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    Mark Kroll, Boston University
    Mark Kroll's distinguished career as a performer, scholar and educator spans a period of more than fifty years. He has appeared worldwide as a harpsichordist and fortepianist, published four books, made numerous recordings, and is Professor emeritus at Boston University, where he served for twenty-five years as Professor of Harpsichord and Chair of the Department of Historical Performance. He is currently recording the complete Pièces de clavecin of François Couperin.


    John Koster, Pieter Dirksen, Andrew Woolley, Ton Koopman, Mark Kroll, Rebecca Cypess, João Pedro d'Alvarenga, Águeda Pedrero-Encabo, Marina Ritzarev, Anna Maria McElwain, Pedro Persone, Robert L. Marshal, Larry Palmer, Paul Poletti

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