Research in the field of keyboard studies, especially when
intimately connected with issues of performance, is often concerned
with the immediate working environments and practices of musicians
of the past. An important pedagogical tool, the keyboard has served
as the 'workbench' of countless musicians over the centuries. In
the process it has shaped the ways in which many historical
musicians achieved their aspirations and went about meeting
creative challenges. In recent decades interest has turned towards
a contextualized understanding of creative processes in music, and
keyboard studies appears well placed to contribute to the
exploration of this wider concern. The nineteen essays collected
here encompass the range of research in the field, bringing
together contributions from performers, organologists and music
historians. Questions relevant to issues of creative practice in
various historical contexts, and of interpretative issues faced
today, form a guiding thread. Its scope is wide-ranging, with
contributions covering the mid-sixteenth to early twentieth
century. It is also inclusive, encompassing the diverse range of
approaches to the field of contemporary keyboard studies.
Collectively the essays form a survey of the ways in which the
study of keyboard performance can enrich our understanding of
musical life in a given period.
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||Ashgate Historical Keyboard Series
• John Kitchen
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