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Unformatted text preview: Charles Burney, An account of the Musical
Performances . . . in Commemoration of Handel, London, 1785, p.
35: struck w ith due weight so that the notes sound clearly, as the rules of
good performance demand.'
(737) [J. Mainwaring], Memoirs of Handel, London, 1760, p. 61: 'Though no two persons ever arrived at such perfection on their
respective instruments, yet it is remarkable that there was a total difference in their manner. The characteristic excellence of SCARLATTI seems to
have consisted in a certain elegance and delicacy of expression. HANDEL had
an uncommon brilliancy and command of finger: but what distinguished him
from all other players who possessed these same qualities, was that
amazing fulness, force, and energy, which hejoined with them.' '[Handel's] touch was so smooth, and the tone of the instrument so
much cherished, that his fingers seemed to grow to the keys. They were
ﬁngers… so curved and compact, when he played, that no motion, and scarcely the
fingers themselves, could be discovered.' (73...
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