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Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs : A History of Pianoforte Pedalling - David Rowland

Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs

A History of Pianoforte Pedalling

Paperback Published: 19th August 2004
ISBN: 9780521607513
Number Of Pages: 208

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David Rowland traces the history of piano pedalling from its beginnings in the eighteenth century to its first maturity in the middle of the nineteenth century and beyond. Pedalling technique was a major feature of nineteenth-century piano performance and, coupled with new developments in piano structure, inspired many composers to write innovative works for the literature. Rowland examines this through the technique and music of composer-pianists such as Beethoven, Liszt, and Chopin. In addition, he follows the transition from harpsichord and clavichord to piano and outlines the physical properties of the various stops, levers, and pedals available at the different stages of the instrument's development. The book also includes an appendix of translated extracts from three well-known piano-pedalling tutors. It will be of interest to students and scholars of music history and performance practice, as well as to pianists.

"Although this is admittedly a highly specialized study, it is one that should not be neglected by musical historians, or by pianists who are interested in improving their understanding of the music of the past." Notes "Rowland has done a great service by gathering together all of the 'hard' evidence: quotations from treatises, descriptions of performances, students' accounts, and musical examples with composers' pedal markings. Pianists will find much that is fascinating ..." Early Keyboard Journal

The Instruments
The transition from the harpsichord and clavichord to the piano
Stops, levers and pedals
Pedalling and the Early Pianists
Documentary accounts of early pedalling
Early technique of the pedals as described in tutors
Early pedal markings
Mozart and his contemporaries
Pedalling After c.1820
The emergence of modern pedalling
The sustaining pedal after c.1800
Other pedals from c.1800
Appendix: Die wahre Art das Pianoforet zu spielen
Louis Adam: Methode de Piano du Conservatoire
Daniel Steibelt, Methode de Piano
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ISBN: 9780521607513
ISBN-10: 0521607515
Series: Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 19th August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.38 x 18.85  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.38