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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 : 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
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