Playing the Baroque Harpsichord:
the 2nd Revised Edition of June 2014
In the four years after the 2010 edition, the Playing the Baroque Harpsichord eBook underwent a full revision for completeness and consistency, resulting in the present 2nd edition. In the process we identified a few topics that deserved clarification, enlargement and even small-scale research projects.
These are the main improvements in this edition:
- Many figures and charts have been improved and 33 new ones added.
- More musical examples are quoted throughout the book.
- A thorough history of the harpsichord and virginal is now included.
- New paragraphs describe common modern-day pitfalls in the interpretation of ornaments.
- There is a new section on appoggiaturas and coulés.
- New sections deal with ornamented repeats and Rondeau repeats.
- A full treatment of French Baroque Dances has been added.
- There are more details on the performance of the music of J.S. Bach.
- There is more on the use of harpsichord stops.
- The treatment of stops now includes rarities such as the 16' and the double-pluck.
- There is a new section on the registration of Handel's Suites.
- Six new Appendices deal with different harpsichord-related topics.
I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the distinguished scholars Edward L. Kottick and David Pickett, who read the “beta” version and provided valuable suggestions.