The Early Pianoforte

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 14, 1995 - 297 páginas
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This is the first comprehensive historical and technological study of the pianoforte based on important primary source material. Most histories of the piano begin with its invention by Bartolomeo Cristofori in Florence in about 1700: this study begins with the earliest fifteenth- and sixteenth-century manuscript sources and extends over Cristofori's rediscovery of the principle of the hammer action, the early exportation of Florentine pianofortes to prominent European courts, and the building of copies of these instruments in Portugal, Spain and Germany. Technical information is presented in a comparative format and the text is illustrated with many photographs, measurements, line drawings and tables. While written primarily for the technical specialist, there is much here of significance for the history of the piano and performance practice.
 

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Christoph Gottlieb Schroter Umstandliche Beschreibung
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The manuscript of Henri Arnaut of Zwolle and the pianoforte
7
The pianoforte in sixteenth and seventeenthcentury Italy
27
The Gravecembalo col piano e forte of Bartolomeo Cristofori
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The Florentine school after Cristofori
96
The Iberian pianoforte
118
The pianoforte in Germany
157
The pianoforte in France
214
Conclusion
224
Notes from Scipione Maffeis interview with Bartolomeo
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Scipione Maffei Nuova invenzione dun gravecembalo
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Christoph Gottlieb Schroter excerpt from Sendschreiben
244
Jean Marius Extracts from Machines et inventions approuvees
265
Select bibliography
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