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The development of piano technique in England c. 1790-1810

Rowland, David (2017). The development of piano technique in England c. 1790-1810. In: Zur Entwicklung des Klavierspiels von Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach bis Clara Schumann (Philipsen, Christian; Lustig, Monika and Omonsky, Ute eds.), Michaelsteiner Konferenzberichte, Wissner Verlag, Kloster Michaelstein, Augsburg, Michaelstein, pp. 237–249.

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Abstract

The chapter examines the distinctiveness of piano music written for English pianos in the period by composers such as Clementi, Cramer, Dussek, Field and Steibelt in a period which is arguably the most critical in the development of a distinctively piano idiom. Features that are discussed include: the increasing dependence on the sustaining pedal and the consequences for left-hand technique; the relationship between the upper register of English grands and ornamental writing for the right hand; the use of the piano's extended compass; the suitability of the English action for techniques such as Steibelt's tremolando style. Three contextual factors frame the discussion: the particular characteristics of pianos made in London; the displacement of the harpsichord in favour of the piano; and the preferences of the market for certain textures and types of piece.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Wissner-Verlag
ISBN: 3-89512-144-4, 978-3-89512-144-9
Extra Information: 32. Musikinstrumentenbau-Symposium
Keywords: piano, technique, Clementi, Cramer, Dussek, Field, Steibelt
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 53494
Depositing User: David Rowland
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2018 17:31
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2020 19:54
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/53494
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