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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!'
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