This book gives a practical method for playing the harpsichord in a way that was lost when the instrument was marginalized by the piano in the 19th century. Since a thorough knowledge of historical performance practice is such an important aspect of playing this repertoire, excerpts from relevant primary sources are given at the end of many of the lessons.
Mark Kroll, recognized as one of the world's leading harpsichordists and fortepianists, has won critical acclaim for his virtuosity and expressive playing during a career that has spanned more than three decades. A noted authority on period instruments and performance practice, he has written on a wide range of subjects, given master classes and courses throughout the country and Europe, and served for 25 years as Professor of Harpsichord and Fortepiano and Chairman of the Department of Historical Performance at Boston University.
Part 1 List of Illustrations Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Method of Using This Book Part 5 Introduction Part 6 Section I:Techniques Chapter 7 Lesson I: Basic Technique Chapter 8 Lesson II: Articulation Chapter 9 Lesson III: Advanced Exercies in Expressive Articulation Chapter 10 Lesson IV: Resolving Dissonance Chapter 11 Lesson V: Two-Part Textures Chapter 12 Lesson VI: Multivoiced Textures Chapter 13 Lesson VII: Polyphonic Music Chapter 14 Lesson VIII: Homophony (Playing Chords) Chapter 15 Lesson IX: Accompaniment Figures Chapter 16 Lesson X: Playing Ornaments Chapter 17 Lesson XI: Registration Chapter 18 Lesson XII: Special Techniques Chapter 19 Lesson XIII: Fingering Part 20 Section II: Playing in Style Chapter 21 Lesson I: Rhythm Chapter 22 Lesson II: Style brise and Chapter 23 Lesson III: Dance Movements Chapter 24 Lesson IV: Ornaments Chapter 25 Lesson V: Free Embellishment and Improvisation Chapter 26 Lesson VI: Character and Dedicatory Pieces Chapter 27 Lesson VII: Conclusion - National Styles Part 28 Appendix I: Ornaments: A Quick Reference Guide Part 29 Appendix II: Summary of Harpsichord Terminology Part 30 Appendix III: Contemporary Harpsichord Music Part 31 Notes Part 32 Bibliography Part 33 Index Part 34 About the Author