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this matter is founded on the example of one of the most accomplished
harpsichordists, who used and taught it.'
In his index, Quantz named this accomplished harpsichordist as J. S.
Bach; and his description is confirmed by Forkel's below with a closeness
which increases our confidence in Forkel's necessarily second-hand
account (he was not born till 1749) here and at (734) above.
(739) Johann Nikolaus Forkel, loc. cit. contd.:
'Since the force communicated to the note needs to be maintained with
uniform pressure, the finger should not be released perpendicularly from
the key, but can be withdrawn gently and gradually, towards the palm of
the hand. . . . When passing from one note to another, a sliding action
instinctively instructs the next finger regarding the amount of force
exerted by its predecessor, so that the tone is equally regulated and the
notes are equally distinct. In other words, the touch is neither too long
nor too short, as Carl Philipp Emanuel [Bach] complains, but is just what
it ought to be. . . . Strok...
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