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Treatise on Harpsichord Tuning : Cambridge Musical Texts & Monographs - Jean Denis

Treatise on Harpsichord Tuning

Cambridge Musical Texts & Monographs

Paperback Published: 8th June 1987
ISBN: 9780521314022
Number Of Pages: 136

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The Treatise on Harpsichord Tuning (1643/50) was the first French document to discuss keyboard performance practice in any detail. Jean Denis was both a harpsichord builder of renown and the organist of a prominent Parisian church, and he thus qualifies as an authority worthy of careful study.

The treatise addresses numerous matters of interest to both scholars and performers, including temperament, ornamentation, fugue, and the use of the organ in liturgical practice. Also included in the treatise are a keyboard prelude designed to reveal errors in tuning and two delightful anecdotes attesting to the power of music. The forthright character of Denis's writing lends a unique and distinctly enjoyable tone to the work.

Vincent Panetta's edition of Denis's treatise includes a generously annotated English translation of the original, along with an extensive Introduction that places Denis and his treatise in a historical context.

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Translator's Introduction
Jean Denis and the Traite de l'accord de l'espinettep. 3
Jean Denis and meantone temperamentp. 14
The eight tons of the churchp. 44
Notes on the translationp. 51
The Translationp. 55
A comparison of parallel passages from the published writings of Jean Denis and Marin Mersennep. 103
A transcription of the 'Prelude for determining whether the tuning is good throughout'p. 106
Bibliography
Sixteenth-, seventeenth-, and eighteenth-century sourcesp. 108
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century sourcesp. 115
Indexp. 123
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ISBN: 9780521314022
ISBN-10: 052131402X
Series: Cambridge Musical Texts & Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 8th June 1987
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.11  x 0.89
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Type: Annotated

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