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Esthetics of the Harpsichord

Since I’ve posted about matters of technique and interpretation, I thought I’d add something about the whole esthetic of the harpsichord. Now, this isn’t for people who already know a lot – it’s more for the layman who might want … Continue reading

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Projecting

The ability to project the shaping of a musical phrase, a feeling or really anything, on the harpsichord (or perhaps universally in baroque music) depends on the player’s command of gesture. Assuming you’ve put the work into understanding a piece … Continue reading

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Ideas about the Goldberg Variations BWV 988

Arguably the most important composition for the harpsichord (as fundamental  to the art of the harpsichord as Frescobaldi’s seminal Libro Primo of 1615), the so-called Goldberg Variations are one of a very special handful of large scale compositions from the … Continue reading

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On public performance

Concert-goers might find this of interest. And there’s a bit further down that’s important for harpsichordists. Public performance of art music is a very risky thing. While we go to a concert with high expectations, usually, of at least part … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on learning the Goldberg Variations

Learning the “Goldberg” Variations There’s a practical/tactical aspect of learning this work; not to be ignored since it’s 80 minutes plus or minus of music, depending on how many repeats you observe. And very importantly there’s an artistic dimension as … Continue reading

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Warming up routine

I’ve developed a daily warm-up method; it’s not long, maybe 15 or 20 minutes. I believe it’s an important process. I’m not sure what other players do, though I am curious. Ton Koopman told me once he uses 4 Cramer … Continue reading

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Touch

Geez, I feel bad; haven’t written anything here for quite a while. Have been playing a lot of early english music; Byrd, Tomkins, Bull and the like. Amazing music, masterful polyphony and melody. There are so many masterpieces, little ones … Continue reading

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