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Modern Harpsichord Music A Discography

Modern Harpsichord Music A Discography
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  • ISBN-13: 9780313292385
  • ISBN: 0313292388
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

AUTHOR

Elste, Martin

SUMMARY

A discography and bibliography of music written for the modern harpsichord, this volume features more than 800 mass-marketed recordings of some 600 compositions written after the revival of the harpsichord (ca. 1889). Also included is information pertaining to performances of compositions arranged for harpsichord. Although the modern harpsichord is a much greater part of 20th-century music than one might imagine, it is about to become a relic because of its historical incorrectness. This will leave sound recordings as the prime medium of information for contemporary compositions, most of which cannot be adequately performed on any other instrument. The modern harpsichord consists of two manuals with at least four stops--one 4-foot, two 8-foot, and one 16-foot--operated by pedals. This type of harpsichord (except for the 16-foot stop) has been in existence since 1889. The new design, popular for many years, has fallen on hard times due to its lack of resonance and its historically inaccurate disposition of stops. Because it may well become an instrument of the past, this volume, which documents music composed specifically for the modern harpsichord, is especially valuable.Elste, Martin is the author of 'Modern Harpsichord Music A Discography' with ISBN 9780313292385 and ISBN 0313292388.

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