Mus 352 Reading Report Article 3

text b the ideal approach is to feel the keys before

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Unformatted text preview: xt (b) The ideal approach is to feel the keys before depressing them. This is not peculiar to the harpsichord: pianists, especially those whose tradition descends along the great Czerny and Leschetizky line, recognise the same ideal. In practice, it cannot be done above a certain speed, but there is a certain feline smoothness which comes very near to it. The opposite to this is throwing the hands at the keys from a height, which sends the jacks up too violently for the quills to take a proper hold on the strings before plucking them. The result is a quite remarkably hard, metallic and jangling tone. (731) Fran9ois Couperin, UArt de toucher le clavecin, Paris, 1716, ed. of 1717, p. 7: 'The sweetness of the touch depends on holding the fingers as near to the keys as possible . . . a hand which falls from a height gives a drier stroke than if it touches from close; and the quill draws a harder sound from the string.' (732) Jean-Philippe Rameau, Pieces de clavecin, Paris [1724], preface on finger-technique: 'The greater movement should never be made except where the lesser will not suffice . . . e...
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