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(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
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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