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The eighteenth-century fortepiano grand and its patrons from Scarlatti to Beethoven

Author: Eva Badura-Skoda
Publisher: Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the late 17th century, Italian musician and inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori developed a new musical instrument for his 'cembalo che fa il piano e forte', which allowed keyboard players flexible dynamic gradation. This innovation, which came to be known as the hammer-harpsichord or fortepiano grand, was slow to catch on in musical circles. However, as renowned piano historian Eva Badura-Skoda demonstrates, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Badura-Skoda, Eva.
Eighteenth-century fortepiano grand and its patrons from Scarlatti to Beethoven.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2017021199
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eva Badura-Skoda
ISBN: 9780253022639 0253022630
OCLC Number: 963668601
Description: xiii, 492 pages : illustrations (some color), music ; 27 cm
Contents: Bartolomeo Cristofori --
Giving Cristofori's nuovo cimbalo a name: terminology problems throughout the eighteenth century --
Domenico Scarlatti --
New inventions in Germany, pantalone instruments, and Gottfried Silbermann --
Johann Sebastian Bach and the "piano et forte" --
Pianoforte builders in Germany around 1750 --
The generation of Bach's older sons --
From Alberti, Platti, and Rutini to Eckard and the younger sons of Bach --
Developments in the second half of the century: Johann Andreas Stein and Sebastien Erard --
Joseph Haydn-Wenzel and Johann Schantz, young Mozart and Nannette Stein --
Anton Walter and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart --
From Broadwood, Merlin, and Clementi to Beethoven --
Epilogue --
Appendix: Scipione Maffei's article of 1711.
Responsibility: Eva Badura-Skoda.

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In the late 17th century, Italian musician and inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori developed a new musical instrument for his 'cembalo che fa il piano e forte', which allowed keyboard players flexible dynamic gradation. This innovation, which came to be known as the hammer-harpsichord or fortepiano grand, was slow to catch on in musical circles. However, as renowned piano historian Eva Badura-Skoda demonstrates, the instrument inspired new keyboard techniques and performance practices and was eagerly adopted by virtuosos of the age, including Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, Clementi, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Collecting a rich array of archival evidence, Badura-Skoda traces the construction and use of the fortepiano grand across the musical cultures of 18th-century Europe, providing a valuable resource for music historians, organologists, and performers.

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