Although eighteenth-century Viennese keyboard music, especially by such composers as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, is among the most popular ever written, there has been surprisingly little serious research into the instruments for which it was composed. This book fills that gap. Based on evidence from primary source material, much of it previously undiscovered or neglected, Maunder traces the history and development of the various keyboard instruments available in Vienna throughout the eighteenth century--harpsichords, clavichords, and pianos--and their use by composers and performers.
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Richard Maunder is at Christ's College, Cambridge.Review:
`ending with a fascinating chapter on owners, dealers and prices. The book provides as much information about social history as about music, and this last chapter provides gems of both.' Harpsichord and fortepiano, Vol 9, No 1, Spring 2001
`One of the strengths of the book is that it deals with clavichords and harpsichords as well as pianos, which means that Maunder's conclusions have a greater breadth than less inclusive studies' Harpsichord and fortepiano, Vol 9, No 1, Spring 2001
`invaluable as source-material ... much new information' Harpsichord and fortepiano, Vol 9, No 1, Spring 2001
`Maunder's well-presented book is a concise essay that radically alters our notions about Viennese instruments' Harpsichord and fortepiano, Vol 9, No 1, Spring 2001
`outstanding ... Richard Maunder's thorough account covers harpsichord, piano, and clavicord. Like most books of this type, it delivers both a micro- and a macromessage ... Maunder provides much of his data, with more than one hundred pages of tables and appendixes. This is valuable material and Clarendon Press should be commended for allowing its inclusion.' Edward L Kottick, Notes September 1999
`Packed with the facts about the existing keyboards for which Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven composed, this is a modest exercise in 'micro-history' ...' S. Glickman, Franklin and Marshall College, CHOICE June 99
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Descrizione libro Clarendon Press, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 198166370