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Unformatted text preview: fundamental to good harpsichord technique.
The harpsichord piece 'Les Bergeries' by Couperin appears in his
Livre II, Ordre 6; a facsimile is included at the end of the Bach Neue
Ausgabe, Ser. V, Bd. 4, Kritischer Bericht. It was copied by Anna
Magdalena Bach into her famous notebook (Bach Neue Ausgabe, V, 4,
p. 85). Couperin's notation (characteristically precise) shows at the start
overlapping notes in the left hand; Anna Magdalena's copy shows only
single notes. But if these are held down as they obviously should be
held down, they overlap just as they are written in Couperin's own
(752c) Michel de Saint-Lambert, Principes du clavecin, Paris, 1702, p. 41: 'There are passages, which without being Chords, become such by the
manner in which the notes are managed, and by the rule which obliges
one to hold down certain ones, until others have been touched.' Donnington, Robert. “Keyboards.” The
Interpretation of Early Music. W.W. Norton &
Company, 1992 pp. 571-580 Keyboard ﬁngerings…
exploit natural differences of length and strength in human
digits, and changes of their position, as aids to good
phrasing and articulation
minimize these differences and changes as aid to facility
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