The many ramifications of Bach's comprehensive essay have been neatly explained and annotated in a manner that makes the Essay a valuable reference work and an interesting venture in musical literature and history. The translator, William J. Mitchell, brought to his task a long standing familiarity with C. P. E. Bach....
|Title||:||Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments|
|Number of Pages||:||464 Pages|
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Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments Reviews
This work is both of historical and technical interest. Bach's writing is elucidative (why is that not recognized by Goodreads as a word?) and surprisingly humorous. His passion for music comes through in every detail and it is easy to see why Beethoven swore by it.For Bach, true art depends on three factors: fingering, embellishments, and performance. It was fascinating to learn that Bach's fingering exercises came from a need to address the teachings of instructors who insisted that students only play with the second, third, and fourth fingers. His attempt to refine the art of embellishments was not as successful, but it is important to see the history of the struggle for uniformity. Some of the problems that were solved by embellishments were solved with the invention of the modern piano. I wondered what his take would be on them today. And his discussion of figured bass was, well, thorough (pardon the pun).I was left with a desire to listen to and play more of the music of this passionate, musically intelligent man from whom I learned so much. A great work.
Very thorough and comprehensive- a book one has to read multiple times to fully master