Harpsichord Repertoire

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Instructor: Hank Knox

Please note:  Week 1 & 2 have been CANCELLED


Week 1: L'Art de toucher le clavecin

The focus this week is on developing good sound and touch at the harpsichord.

F. Couperin
L'Art de toucher le clavecin (complete; editions to come)

Selected works from Books I-IV (details of works and editions to come)

L. Couperin
Prelude non mesure from Suite in F Major
Prelude a l'imitation de M Froberger
Suites (all keys)
Pièces de clavecin, ed. D. Moroney (Monaco : Oiseau Lyre, 1985)
Piéces de clavecin, ed. Alan Curtis, (Paris : Heugel, [1970])

J.H. D'Anglebert
Preludes in G major, G minor, and D minor - D'Anglebert
Pièces de clavecin: Four Suites (G Major, G Minor, D Minor, D Major) and Lully Transcriptions
Edition: Huegel (Le Pupitre), ed. Gilbert. J.-H. D'Anglebert, Pièces de clavecin, Vol. 1 & 2.

J.P. Rameau
Pieces in G
Pieces in D
Editions to follow

J.S. Bach
Preludes from the Well-Tempered Clavier (detailed list to come)
French Suites


Week 2: Seventeenth-century Harpsichord Works, Frescobaldi to Bach

The focus this week is on the great keyboard composers of the seventeenth century, culminating in the toccatas of J.S. Bach.

Girolamo Frescobaldi
Primo Libro di Toccate (1615): any of the Toccatas; Partite No. 1 'La Romanesca'
Secondo Libro di Toccate (1627): Toccatas #1, 2, and 7; any of the Canzonas Ricercari et Canzoni (1615): any of the Ricercari or Canzonas Capricci (1624): Capriccio Sopra La Bassa Fiamenga; Capriccio sopra il cucu; the two hexachord capriccios
1) Zanibon, ed. Gilbert. G. Frescobaldi, Toccate Vol. I & II
2) Zerboni, ed. Darbellay. Girolamo Frescobaldi, Opere Complete.
3) Bärenreiter, ed. Pidoux, Orgel und Klavierwerke. (acceptable but not recommended)

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Hexachord Fantasia
Fantasia Chromatica

Variation sets:
Mein junges Leben hat ein End
Unter der Linden grune
Soll es Sein
Pavana Lachrimae

Toccatas (precise numbers forthcoming)

Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis, ed. Leonhardt.
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Opera Omnia. Second Ed.
Please, no Dover edition!

D. Buxtehude
Prealudium en sol mineur / in G minor, BuxWV 163
Edition to follow

J.S. Bach
G major, BWV ??
E minor, BWV ??
C minor, BWV 911
D major, BWV ??
Editions: To follow.