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Clavichord for Beginners (Publications of the Early Music Institute)


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Written by Joan Benson, one of the champions of clavichord performance in the 20th century, Clavichord for Beginners is an exceptional method book for both practitioners and enthusiasts. In addition to detailing the historical origins of the instrument and the evolution of keyboard technique, the book describes the proper method for practicing fingering and articulation and emphasizes the importance of touch and sensitivity at the keyboard. A CD featuring Benson in performance and a DVD of interviews and lessons accompany the book, illustrating important exercises for the beginner. The disks also include discussions on topics that range from 16th-century keyboard masters to the frontiers of electronic music research.

About the Author

Joan Benson has performed throughout the world, garnering the respect of classical music enthusiasts and major contemporary composers including John Cage, David Loeb, and Lou Harrison. She has taught on the faculty at Stanford University, the University of Oregon, and the Aston Magna Academy in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents


1. Clavichord for all Keyboardists

What is a Clavichord?

Clavichord for Keyboard Beginners

For Harpsichordists

For Players of Early Piano

For Modern Pianists

For Organists

For Singing Clavichordists

A Personal Note for Aspiring Clavichordists

2. Preparing to Play

Ways of Relaxing

Touch Awareness

Finger Awareness, Seated

Finger Interaction, Seated

Exercise For Finger Independence

Exercise For Flexible Wrists

Getting to Know Your Clavichord

Position at the Keyboard

Control of Tone and Pitch

3. Clavichord Lessons Series I

Lesson One: Lowering a Key Soundlessly

Lesson Two: Making a Sound

Lesson Three: Playing Two Notes in a Row

Lesson Four: Including a Raised Key

Lesson Five: Bach's Cantabile Touch

Lesson Six: Producing a Cantabile (Singing) Sound

Lesson Seven: Cantabile with Fingers 4 and 5

Lesson Eight: Cantabile With the Thumb

Lesson Nine: Cantabile on two Successive Notes

Lesson Ten: Playing Five Notes in a Row

Lesson Eleven: Timing

Lesson Twelve: Five Finger Exercise

4. Clavichord Lessons, Series II

Lesson One: Degrees of Softness

Lesson Two: Degrees of Loudness

Lesson Three: Crescendo and Diminuendo on Five Notes

Lesson Four: Contrast in Dynamics, Two Hands

Lesson Five: Articulation on Single Notes

Lesson Six: Articulation on Two Notes

Lesson Seven: Leaping with one Finger

Lesson Eight: Playing Intervals

Lesson Nine: For a Flexible Thumb

Lesson Ten: The Makings of a Scale

5. Preparing for Pieces

6. Eleven Easy Pieces

7. Exploring the Past: 15th Through 17th Centuries

8. Exploring the Past: Eighteenth-Century Germany

9. Exploring the Present and Future

Selected Bibliography

Extended bibliography


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Product Details

Benson, Joan
Indiana University Press
Bloomington, IN
Music-Books on Piano and Harpsichord
Musical Instruments / Piano & Keyboard
Early Music; History; Music; Pedagogy; Performance; Piano
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Publications of the Early Music Institute
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19 bandw illus., 77 music exx.
11 x 8.5 in

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