The development and application of keyboard fingering principles in the music of J. S. Bach and C. P. E. Bach: an analysis in comparison with modern approaches to fingering, and the utilization of the J. C. Bach-Ricci Method for nurturing a versatile technique in the early stages of study

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André Charles Duvall (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Andrew Willis

Abstract: This study seeks to deduce principles of fingering practiced by keyboardists in eighteenth-century Germany as developed from, and as an improvement upon, earlier practices, to assess the benefits of these principles in comparison with representative examples of fingerings given in modern keyboard editions of eighteenth-century literature, and to demonstrate the application of these principles to appropriate intermediate repertoire. Moreover, as a corrective to deficiencies observed in many modern elementary piano methods resulting from the restricted presentation of variations in articulation and figuration inherent in keyboard music, particularly in regard to fingerings that facilitate efficient realization of these elements, this study provides templates for supplemental pedagogical exercises, both original and inspired by the J.C. Bach-Ricci Method, allowing teachers to expose students to a diversity of touches and fingering combinations in the early stages of study. Through study and practice of fingering concepts in the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and by incorporating the pedagogical opportunities found in the Bach-Ricci Method, students and teachers will improve their ability to creatively interpret a range of musical styles. Furthermore, by increasing their awareness of the multifarious touches and fingering combinations possible at the keyboard, pianists will deepen their understanding of repertoire from all time periods.

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Language: English
Date: 2014
Bach Fingering, Bach-Ricci, Fingering, Keyboard Fingering, Probestucke, Vogler
Performance practice (Music) $z Germany $x History $y 18th century
Keyboard instruments $x Fingering
Keyboard instruments $x Instruction and study
Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel, $d 1714-1788 $x Criticism and interpretation
Bach, Johann Sebastian, $d 1685-1750 $x Criticism and interpretation
Me´thode pour le forte-piano ou clavecin

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