The Hurdy-Gurdy in Eighteenth-Century France, Second Edition

The Hurdy-Gurdy in Eighteenth-Century France, Second Edition

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The hurdy-gurdy, or vielle, has been part of European musical life since the eleventh century. In eighteenth-century France, improvements in its sound and appearance led to its use in chamber ensembles. This new and expanded edition of The Hurdy-Gurdy in Eighteenth-Century France offers the definitive introduction to the classic stringed instrument. Robert A. Green discusses the techniques of playing the hurdy-gurdy and the interpretation of its music, based on existing methods and on his own experience as a performer. The list of extant music includes new pieces discovered within the last decade and provides new historical context for the instrument and its role in eighteenth-century French more

Product details

  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7.87mm | 209g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 9 b&w illus.
  • 0253024951
  • 9780253024954

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"This book will be of value to anyone researching or intending to play the instrument and its delightful music." -Notesshow more

About Robert A. Green

Robert A. Green is Professor Emeritus of Music at Northern Illinois University and has performed the baroque repertory for hurdy-gurdy throughout the United States, France, and Israel. He has made two recordings of eighteenth-century French music for hurdy-gurdy for the Focus label. Since 1995 he has taught a workshop devoted to this more

Table of contents

Introduction to the Second EditionPreface to the Original Edition1. Historical Background2. The Music3. Musical Interpretation and Performance4. The Repertory5. The Vielle in the Literature of Seventeenth- and Eigteenth-Century France Appendix: Translation of the Avertissements in Works by Jean-Baptiste DupuitsBibliographyIndexshow more

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