Unformatted text preview: ither pedals nor the knee-levers sometimes encountered
became common enough for us to regard the demand for them as at all
typical of the baroque period. In general, even the presence of a 16-foot
register was not in favour; it can best be dispensed with, since it adds
greatly to the pressure on the instrument and lessens its resonance.
There can be no doubt that a moderate and restrained registration suits a
great proportion of harpsichord music very much better than a continual
dancing on the pedals. It is true that some pieces cry out for showy
registration - the showier the better; but far more need a broad scheme of
contrasts, mostly at section endings, without much use of sensational
colourings and great crescendos and diminuendos. Quite often the only
changes really required are those gained by moving from one keyboard to
the other, for a contrast of colour, of volume, or of both. That is a
particularly characteristic recourse on the harpsichord; yet even that
must be foregone on a single-manual instrument. Two 8'...
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This document was uploaded on 03/14/2014 for the course MUS 352 at Azusa Pacific.
- Spring '14