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Music of the Harpsichord Miscellany

by Joyce Lindorff

Here the complete Harpsichord Miscellany, Book 2, is recorded for the first time by Joyce Lindorff on Colonial Williamsburg's 1758 double-manual harpsichord by Jacob Kirckman.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Air (Pasquali)
3:05 $0.99
2. Lesson I in Bb: Allegro Moderato (Alberti)
4:56 $0.99
3. Lesson II in G: Allegro (Pasquali)
4:10 $0.99
4. Lesson II in G: Menuet (Pasquali)
3:47 $0.99
5. Lesson III in G: Allegro (Nardini)
6:46 $0.99
6. Lesson III in G: Allegro Moderato (Nardini)
4:38 $0.99
7. Lesson IV in A: Allegro (Pasquali)
3:07 $0.99
8. Lesson IV in A: Allegro Gentile (Pasquali)
4:07 $0.99
9. Lesson V in Bb: Allegro (Nardini)
6:10 $0.99
10. Lesson V in Bb: Allegro (Nardini)
3:49 $0.99
11. Lesson VI in Bb: Allegro Moderato (Alberti)
5:36 $0.99
12. Simphonie in C: Allegro (Earl of Kelly)
4:54 $0.99
13. Joy to Great Caesar (Traditional)
5:34 $0.99
14. Maggie Lauder (Traditional)
2:15 $0.99
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In The Art of Fingering the Harpsichord (1760) Niccolo Pasquali explained his concept of “Perfect Vibrations,” the result of legato and rich texture. Three years later Robert Bremner printed The Harpsichord Miscellany, Book Second, perfectly matching this aesthetic with music by Domenico Alberti (1710-1746), Niccolo Pasquali (1718-1757), and Pietro Nardini (1722-1793). Pasquali had praised Alberti for his bass figurations that could sustain harmony, so it is no accident that his Lessons serve as bookends. As the prevailing home keyboard prior to the piano’s ascent, the harpsichord was expected to serve as orchestra. Nardini’s Lessons recall the spirit of Italian opera, and the Earl of Kelly’s Simphonie displays colorful orchestration. Its particular harpsichord challenge is the presence of long crescendos, here attempted through gradual manual and articulation changes. The opening Pasquali Air appears in Francis Hopkinson’s manuscript, and the two concluding works are in the first Harpsichord or Spinnet Miscellany. The folia (“Farinelli’s Ground”) was set to satirical anti-Whig lyrics as “Joy to Great Caesar” by Tom D’Urfey, court jester to Charles II. “Maggie Lauder” is a traditional fiddle tune. Its lyrics by Francis Sempill depict good-humored bawdy repartee between Maggie and Rob the Ranter.

JOYCE LINDORFF has performed throughout the US, Europe, Russia, Japan and China. Professor of Keyboard Studies at the Boyer College, she earned degrees at Sarah Lawrence College, University of Southern California and The Juilliard School. Her honors include Fulbright professorships in China and Taiwan and solo recitalist awards from the Pro Musicis Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. temple.edu/boyer/about/people/joycelindorff.asp



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