Mus 352 Reading Report Article 3

C the grand piano of chopins generation is the last

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Unformatted text preview: the full, glowing sonority. (c) The grand piano of Chopin's generation is the last to retain any of the old lightness and colourfulness of tone, and in this kind is an almost perfect instrument, lacking only the extremest rapidity of repetition. All these kinds of early piano are very valuable. (d) The little 'square' (actually oblong) pianos still often encountered in the sale-room under the flattering title of Spinet are quite agreeable if well restored, but of limited tone and expressive scope. 4. THE ORGAN (a) The very rare specimens of unspoilt renaissance organs suggest a preference for voicing so forward that every attack is a small explosion of sound; while the tone favoured is fiery beyond belief, with a glorious medley of mixtures capable of maximum contrast but minimum gradation. 579 The baroque organ, of which quite a number of fine specimens survive, is considerably softened down, but by comparison w i l h an organ of the nineteenth century is still a virile and responsive musical instrument. Particularly towards the end of the period, when baroque was merging into rococo, the variety of qualities and colourings be...
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