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Unformatted text preview: "caressed". "Fortissimo" is of course here a relative
It was fairly common practice in Germany to found the player's touch
on the clavichord before putting him on to the harpsichord, and C. P. E.
Bach (Essay, I, Berlin, 1753, Introd., 15) recommends the sensitiveness
of touch which a good clavichordist can bring to the harpsichordist.
Experience confirms this recommendation.
(b) The vibrato on the clavichord is capable of a development which
turns it into a modified kind of tremolo. By a slight exaggeration of the I .1 (746) Franz Rigler, Anleitung zum Klavier, Vienna :
'[Tragen der Tone is] when the key is somewhat slowly rocked ( b u t
Bebung] when the tone is rocked quite clearly according to the number of
dots, without actual repetition of the finger stroke.'
(747) D. G. Turk, Klavierschule, Leipzig and Halle, 1789, Sect. 88:
'The Bebung (Fr. Balancement; It. Tremolo) can only be used to good
effect on long notes, and in pieces of a melancholy character. It is u sually
indicated [as at Ex 230 (a) or (b)] or b...
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