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Discoveries from the Fortepiano: A Manual for Beginners and Seasoned Performers

Donna Louise Gunn


The strong desire for knowledge and musical honesty sends musicians to the fortepiano—looking back to impact how to move forward. This book uncovers and examines eighteenth-century philosophical beliefs and fundamental principles surrounding Classical Era performance practices, c. 1750–1800. Affekt and “good taste,” the foundation on which the style is based, set the tone throughout the book. The Viennese five-octave fortepiano is introduced and compared to the modern piano. Eighteenth-century music notational language is examined and explained, as well as compared and contrasted to modern und ... More

Keywords: Classical Era, Viennese, fortepiano, historically informed performance, authentic, modern piano, eighteenth century, performance practice, pedagogy, aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199396634
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396634.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donna Louise Gunn, author