Mus 352 Reading Report Article 3

Modern pedal controls make an almost unlimited

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Unformatted text preview: pedal controls make an almost unlimited interchange of registration possible; and this has certain baroque precedents. (742) Thomas Mace, Mustek's Monument, London, 1676, p. 235: 'An Instrument of a Late Invention . . . far beyond all [other] Harpsiams [with pedals giving twenty-four combinations of registration] either Soft or Loud, according as he shall chuse to Tread any of them down.' This 'pedal harpsichord' appears to be specified in music by Kingston (Oxford, Bodleian Lib., late 17th cent., MS. Mus. Sch. e 382, p. 74) but was apparently not much taken up (possibly it was unreliable mechanically) . Nearly a century later we hear of its re-invention. (743) C. P. E. Bach, Essay, II, Berlin, 1762, XXIX, 5: 'The splendid invention of our noted Holefeld [Hohlfeld] which makei it possible to increase or decrease the registration by means of pedals, in the act of playing, has made of the harpsichord, especially in its onemanual form, a greatly improved instrument . . . if only all were thus made as a tribute to good taste!' Yet ne...
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