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again after striking a fresh chord . . . the better to hear and observe the
singers or the instruments sometimes accompanying the recitative [or
because] the bass sometimes stays on the same note and harmony for three,
four or more bars and thus the pipe-work humming constantly through
on one note can become unpleasant to the ear. ^All of which rests with
the judgement and pleasure of the accompanist.'
(750) G. J. J. Hahn, General-Bass-Schuler, Augsburg, 1751, p. 57 'On
organs [the chords in recitative] are struck simultaneously [i.e. not
arpeggiated], and after they are struck the right hand is lifted and rests till
the fresh chord.'
(751) C. P. E. Bach, Essay, II, Berlin, 1762, XXXVIII, 5: 'In a recitative
with accompanying [orchestral] instruments of sustained tone, one holds
on the organ only the bass-note in the pedals, one lifts up one's hands from
the chords soon after striking them [because the tempering of the organ is
unlikely to agree with the intonation of the orchestra if the passage is
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