• KEYBOARD-DUO ARRANGEMENTS IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY MUSICAL LIFE

    Author(s):
    Rebecca Cypess (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Musicology, Performance practice (Music), Music, History
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    instruments, arrangements, Performance practice, Music history
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6C24QM9V
    Abstract:
    It is well known that the instrumentation of eighteenth-century chamber music was highly flexible; composers frequently adapted their own works for a variety of instruments, and players often used whatever combinations they had available. One type of arrangement little used today but attested to in both verbal description and musical manuscripts of the period is that of trios and other chamber works adapted for two keyboard instruments. Players often executed such keyboard-duo arrangements on instrumentswith differentmechanisms and timbres – for example, harpsichord and piano together – thus capturing something of the variety of timbres available in a mixed chamber ensemble. Keyboard duos were often played by members of a single family, or by teachers and students together, a practice that allowed for the construction of a sense of ‘sympathy’ – mutual understanding through shared experience and sentiment – between the players. These players shared common physical gestures at the instruments, which reinforced the emotional content of the music; this fostered the formation of a sympathetic connection even as players retained their individual identities.
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    Published
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    4 years ago
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