A history of stringed keyboard instruments

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Cambridge University Press,, Cambridge, United Kingdom ;, p.xxi, 571 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00986996, bisacsh, fast, Histoire., History., Instruments à clavier, Keyboard instruments, Keyboard instruments., MUSIC / General.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 529-550) and index.Origins of keyboard instruments -- Principles of design and construction -- The Henri Arnaut manuscript -- The renaissance -- The baroque period -- Invention of the piano -- The classical period -- The Romantic era -- Stagnation and revival."This chapter deals with the earliest references to keyboard instruments in the writings of Martin Agricola, Henri Arnaut of Zwolle, Juan Bermudo, Ercole Bottrigari, Antonio de Cabezon, Eberhardus Cersne, Paulus Paulirinus, Hermann Poll, Michael Praetorius, Sesto Tantini, Sebastian Virdung, and others. Described is the earliest depiction of a keyboard instrument appearing in an altarpiece carving in the cathedral of Minden, Germany, as well as the earliest extant keyboard instrument, a clavicytherium made around 1480, now in the Royal College of Music, London. This chapter deals with the origin of such terms as the chekker, clavichordium, clavicembalo, clavicimbalo, clavicymbalum, claviciterium, clavicytherium, clavisimbalum, dulce melos, epinette, manichordium, monochordion, and monocordo. Also considered are the keyboard ranges of early keyboard instruments and the earliest music written for keyboard instruments, such as the Mulliner Book, Robertsbridge fragment and Faenza Codex"--