Joel Speerstra: Bach and the Pedal Clavichord

What was the role of the pedal clavichord in music history? Was it a cheap practice instrument for organists or was it a teaching tool that helped contribute to the quality of organ playing in its golden age? This book documents an experiment in which an 18th-century pedal clavichord from Leipzig was duplicated (by Speerstra, an American musician, instrument builder, and doctoral student at the University of G�teborg) and used by students and teachers to generate information about the historical tradition. The instrument served as a focal point for a new exploration of J. S. Bach�s keyboard technique as preserved by his first biographer, J. N. Forkel (1802). 280 pages, 10 illustrations.

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