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Historical Harpsichord Technique: Developing La Douceur Du Toucher (Publications of the Early Music Institute)

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Yonit Lea Kosovske surveys early music and writing about keyboard performance with the aim of facilitating the development of an expressive tone in the modern player. Reviewing the work of the pedagogues and performers of the late Renaissance through the late Baroque, she gives special emphasis to la douceur du toucher or a gentle touch. Other topics addressed include posture, early pedagogy, exercises, articulation, and fingering patterns. Illustrated with musical examples as well as photos of the author at the keyboard, Historical Harpsichord Technique can be used for individual or group lessons and for amateurs and professionals.

About the Author

Yonit Kosovske performs on both modern and historical keyboard instruments as a soloist and chamber artist. She has produced several solo CDs, the most recent of which include La Gracieuse, French chaconnes, passacailles, and preludes (La Douceur, 2010) and Keyboard Music of Girolamo Frescobaldi (Focus, 2010). Kosovske lives in Ireland, where she performs as a freelance artist and teaches at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: La douceur du toucher

1. Preparing to Play

Beginning Lessons

Selecting an Instrument

Position at the Keyboard

Posture

Relaxation

Arms and Elbows

Wrists

Curvature of the Hands and Fingers

2. Touching the Instrument

Warm-up Exercises

Touching the Keys

Gravity

Stroking the Keys

Motion of the Hands and Wrists

Dynamics

Playing Different Keyboard Instruments

3. Articulation

What Is Articulation?

"Ordinary Manner"

Legato

Slurs

Arpeggios

Staggered Playing

Grace Notes and Trills

Cantabile

Detached Playing

Silences

Agogic Accents

Timing

4. Fingering

Comfort and Context

Strong and Weak Notes

Use of the Thumb

Contraction of the Hand

Artistic Freedom

Conclusion

Appendix: Brief Biographical Notes on People Mentioned in the Text

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253356475
Author:
Kosovske, Yonit Lea
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Music-Books on Piano and Harpsichord
Subject:
Musical Instruments / Piano & Keyboard
Subject:
Early Music; History; Music; Performance; Piano
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Publications of the Early Music Institute
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 bandw illus., 34 music exx.
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 in

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