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Cambridge Companion to the Harpsichord


The Cambridge Companion to the Harpsichord, Edited by Mark Kroll

The Cambridge Companion to the Harpsichord is one of the most comprehensive and user-friendly books about the instrument and its repertoire. Written by the leading experts in the field, including many who come from or live in the countries of the national styles about which they are writing, it offers separate chapters on just about every aspect of the harpsichord, such as the history of the instrument and how to tune it; the role of the harpsichord in ensemble; its extensive use in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; and almost every era or national style. Readers will find insights into the rich harpsichord traditions of England, The Netherlands, northern and southern Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. A separate chapter is devoted to Domenico Scarlatti, another discusses the role of the harpsichord in the life and music of J. S. Bach and Handel, and several authors take us to places that are not often associated with extensive harpsichord music and performance, such as Russia, The Nordic and Baltic Countries, and Colonial Spanish and Portuguese America.

Each chapter includes suggestions for further reading that will enable readers to explore the many subjects discussed in greater depth, and the appendix at the end of the book provides those who want to play the music with lists of composers, reliable editions or original sources.

In other words, this book is a faithful companion for all who love the harpsichord and its music, and want to learn more about it, for many years to come.


 2019. Paperback. New. 388 pages. 9.75x7.00x0.75 inches. Cambridge Univ Press ISBN 1316609707

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