Mus 352 Reading Report Article 3

stroking the note with uniform pressure permits the

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Unformatted text preview: ing the note with uniform pressure permits the string to vibrate freely, improves and prolongs the tone.' (e) The instrument itself may have a light touch (as recommended by Diruta, op. cit., for music other than dance music, and by Couperin, op. cit., generally); it may have a strong touch (as preferred by Quantz and C. P. E. Bach); but neither the very feeble touch of some modern or ? misrestored old instruments, nor the very stiff and hard touch of certain other harshly efficient modern instruments, is satisfactory. C. P. E. Bach's description accords well with the average needs of baroque solo work and accompaniment alike. 574 (740) C. P. E. Bach, Essay, I, Berlin, 1753, Introd., 13: 'A good harpsichord should be evenly quilled as well as having a fine tone and the appropriate keys. . . . The action of the harpsichord should not be too light and emasculated; the keys must not sink too low; they must resist the fingers and return by [the weight of] the jacks. On the other hand, they must not be too hard to press down." (f) A p...
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