The twentieth-century revival of early music unfolded in two successive movements rooted respectively in nineteenth-century antiquarianism and in rediscovery of the value of original instruments. The present volume is a collection of insights reflecting the principal concerns of the second of those revivals, focusing on early keyboards, and beginning in the 1950s. The volume and its authors acknowledge Canadian harpsichordist Kenneth Gilbert (b. 1931) as one of this revival’s leaders. The content reflects international research on early keyboard music, sources, instruments, theory, editing, and discography. Considerations that echo throughout the book are the problematics of source attributions, progressive institutionalization of early music, historical instruments as agents of artistic change and education, antecedents and networks of the revival seen as a social phenomenon, the impact of historical performance and the quest for understanding style and genre. The chapters cover historical performance practice, source studies, edition, theory and form, and instrument curating and building. Among their authors are prominent figures in performance, music history, editing, instrument building and restoration, and theory, some of whom engaged with the early keyboard revival as it was happening.
1. Four Decades after French Harpsichord Music of the Seventeenth Century: Newly Discovered Sources Bruce Gustafson 2. The Harpsichord Class at the Paris Conservatoire: An Administrative History Olivier Baumont 3. The Organ of the German Church in Stockholm: To Övertorneå and Hietaniemi, and Back Again Hans-Ola Ericsson and Lena Weman 4. The Saga of the 1753 Organ of the Cathedral of Quebec: Its Installation, Destruction, and Rebirth Élisabeth Gallat-Morin 5. The Challenges of Caring for a Playing Collection Mimi S. Waitzman 6. Hubert Bédard (1933–89): A Visionary of the Early Keyboard Movement Rachelle Taylor 7. Some Examples of Transformative Imitation in Late Seventeenth-Century French Organ Music David Ponsford 8. The Thirteen Non-Liturgical Fugues à 4 in 'Le Livre d’orgue de Montréal' Walter Kurt Kreyszig 9. Frescobaldi’s Contrapuntal "Audacities": Structures, Processes, and Affetti in Keyboard Fantasia IX Massimiliano Guido 10. Chambonnières’s Pieces de claveß in of 1670 and the Preservation of a Performing Style Ronald Broude 11. The New Frescobaldi Edition Christopher Stembridge 12. The Soloist, seconda pratica, and the Madrigal as a Template for the New Toccata Hank Knox and Rachelle Taylor 13. Kenneth Gilbert’s Recording Legacy Antonio Lechasseur
The Ashgate Historical Keyboard Series is designed to provide a natural home for studies in all aspects of keyboard music by musicologists, organologists and analysts as well as performers and instrument makers engaged in practice-led research. The series embraces all approaches to the study of the keyboard, including its music, historical and sociological contexts, sources (including theoretical texts and their translation), composers, instruments, performance practice and analysis. Historical should not be taken to imply ‘early’, and the series embraces research on all areas of keyboard studies from the distant past to historical reflections on contemporary keyboard music. Single author books, collections of essays, and editions of text-based historical sources, will be considered for inclusion in the series.