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.
Series: Cambridge Musical Texts & Monographs
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 8th June 1987
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.11
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Type: Annotated