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Unformatted text preview: oint of harpsichord technique closely related to touch is the
almost imperceptible spreading of all chords containing more than two or
three notes. A correctly adjusted harpsichord plucks the strings of its
different registers, when these are coupled, not simultaneously but in
rapid succession, as may be tested by lowering the key with extreme
slowness. The player applies the same principle to his fingers, starting
from the lowest note, which takes the beat; but the successive notes of
the chord follow so closely that they are not heard as coming after the
beat. They are heard as simultaneous—unless, of course, they are more
perceptibly spread for a deliberate effect of arpeggiation.
If this point is neglected, either in adjusting the action or in performance, so that more than at most three strings are plucked quite simultaneously, interference occurs among the high harmonics and combination
tones, which is heard as painful harshness. Under these conditions, the
harpsichord sounds unnaturally ruthless. The d...
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This document was uploaded on 03/14/2014 for the course MUS 352 at Azusa Pacific.
- Spring '14