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Renaissance keyboard music, anyone? #2760119
08/21/18 03:33 PM
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Hello, folks -
I am a jazz and improv pianist first and foremost, but I am going to try and play some renaissance keyboard music; pieces written for clavichord or harpsichord. Does anyone have easy/intermediate books of original scores to recommend? I am going to use the music to improve my long lost sight-reading skill, which has been totally dormant for a very long time. In addition I play two part inventions etc, and I'm starting to improve a little.
Any suggestions welcome!

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Re: Renaissance keyboard music, anyone? [Re: Tor E Bekken] #2760128
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Re: Renaissance keyboard music, anyone? [Re: Tor E Bekken] #2760137
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Re: Renaissance keyboard music, anyone? [Re: Tor E Bekken] #2760239
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Thank you! I downloaded the Early Keyboard Music, Vols 1 & 2. Will be fun having a look at it!!!

Re: Renaissance keyboard music, anyone? [Re: Tor E Bekken] #2760402
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Got a recorder a while ago before for 3 recorders. Ended up rearranging a few pieces for keyboard. Back in those days keyboards had not reach 88 keys. Many of them are 61 keys or less so the music tend to be simpler. Before the 18th century, there were very few solo pieces for keyboard. It was mainly used as an instrument to accompany other instruments. You do find a few dance suites. Dance music before the Baroque was strictly for dancing. It was later that composers started incorporating dance movements like the Minuet into their orchestral work.

Composers back then were obscure today that they are basically anonymous. Found names like Pierre Attaingnant and Pierre Phal├Ęse who probably wrote keyboard pieces. There is a list of Renaissance composers on Wikipedia. Can do a search by various composers to see what turn up in the old archives.


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