Mus 352 Reading Report Article 3

The degree of spreading varies with taste and

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Unformatted text preview: egree of spreading varies with taste and circumstances, from the least possible onwards; but a certain minimum is absolutely indispensable. (g) The harpsichord, except in certain highly untypical modern developments, has no damper-raising pedal to allow a surging build-up of sympathetic vibration. A fundamental point in its technique, however, is holding down as many notes within the same harmony as the fingers can manage, irrespective of their written lengths, and subject only to the ordinary considerations of phrasing and articulation. This builds up sonority without blurring the progressions, and though very seldom indicated in the way suggested below, is of very general application. It is, indeed, an essential ally of good touch in giving the harpsichord its full sonority and sustaining power. (741) Jean-Philippe Rameau, Pieces de clavecin, Paris [1724]: Ex. 228. Jean-Philippe Rameau, loc. cit., notes held down to build up sonority: 575 (h) Registration has been worked out by the performer in relation, first, to the mood and s tructure of the music; second, to the resources of his instrument. Modern...
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