Capstone Project (Open Access)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Music & Performing Arts
This paper explores keyboard technology in music from the Baroque era to today. Central focus is on the initial dominance of the harpsichord in Western music and how this shifted to the piano. Using this context of evolving instrumentation, the paper considers how this coincided with changing styles of music composition. Finally, the paper considers the question of how a keyboardist of today should handle music written in eras before the piano existed, and whether it is appropriate to perform harpsichord music using a modern piano.
Post, Justice, "Don't Lose Your Keys: Exploring the Transition from Harpsichord to Piano" (2022). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 1306.
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