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comment Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?
Pianoteq has some great harpsichord instruments too, and they don't respond to keyboard dynamics at all, which is as it should be.
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comment Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?
@BobRodes If you have a MIDI keyboard and know how to use virtual instruments on a PC or Mac, then download the demo version of Pianoteq and install their KIViR add-on package. It has a virtual-modeled clavichord that you can play with MIDI keyboard controller velocity. If your controller has aftertouch, you can even play around with the clavichord's "Bebung" or key-controlled vibrato. pianoteq.com/free_stuff
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comment Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?
Some harpsichords had two manuals and adjustable stops where you could choose two dynamic levels -- loud (two choirs of strings coupled) or soft (one choir). One or the other and nothing inbetween. But that hardly has anything to do with how to play a modern piano. It's hard to make a comparison. Furthermore the way that composers for harpsichord achieved dynamic coloring was to write out more or less notes into each chord, so if you are playing that piece on a modern piano, it's already written in for you. It's all quite complex, isn't it?
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comment Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?
Excellent points, @TangledUpInBlue. Most Baroque music is based on dance rhythms, and understanding each different dance form tells you a lot about how to play each phrase. And I had forgotten about unmeasured preludes, which were more common in early French Baroque keyboard music -- Couperin and Jacquet de la Guerre.
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comment Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?
Although -- the swell box on a pipe organ was an innovation that appeared during the 1700s, so it could figure into the late Baroque to create a kind of crescendo effect on a pipe organ. But I'm not out to write a massive treatise here; I'm trying to restrict myself to things relevant to a young modern piano player trying to understand how to play their instrument.
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comment Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?
@BobRodes, I know about the clavichord, but I chose not to mention it because there aren't that many pieces for it and they are rarely performed by modern pianists. My answers are overlong anyway. However, although this is little-known, the crescendo was described in the literature for Baroque ensembles such as the string orchestra; it's just that it wasn't practical on any kind of keyboard during that era.
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answered What is the job title of someone who comes up with lyrics and a beat, but not instrumentation?
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comment Garage Band: how to have a drummer play only a steady snare drum on all the eighth notes?
You can also find a number of books for sale that are beginners' guides to working with GarageBand. Here are some. amazon.com/s/…
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comment Garage Band: how to have a drummer play only a steady snare drum on all the eighth notes?
If your basic understanding of GarageBand is so limited, you should read the owners' manual. It's found here. help.apple.com/garageband/mac/10.1
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comment Does a chord imply a change in the key signature?
Kinda funny song title. "Cold Duck" refers to a brand of cheap sparkling wine (faux champagne) made in Canada that was popular in the 1960s and 1970s.
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comment Does a chord imply a change in the key signature?
In one style of jazz lead sheet writing, no key signature is used at all even though the melody line and the chord progressions clearly indicate one or more different keys. In this style of lead sheet notation, lots of accidentals are put in front of notes as needed, rather than having the accidentals notated in a key signature.
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comment Does a chord imply a change in the key signature?
In general, regardless of your example, no one chord by itself implies a change in key. It requires a progression of chords creating a cadence to create a change in key. In general, jazz involves frequent very brief excursions into chords that are outside the given key or that contain notes outside the given key, but these are so frequent and brief that they do not necessarily constitute a key change. Furthermore most jazz lead sheets are notated with a single key signature even though the piece clearly moves into one or more different keys at certain points.
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