The Hurdy-Gurdy in Eighteenth-Century France

The Hurdy-Gurdy in Eighteenth-Century France

Second Edition
Robert A. Green
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/1/2016
Format: paper 146 pages, 9 b&w illus.
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-02495-4
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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 culture.

Author Bio

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 music.

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"“This book will be of value to anyone researching or intending to play the instrument and its delightful music.”" —Notes

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
1. Historical Background
2. The Music
3. Musical Interpretation and Performance
4. The Repertory
5. The Vielle in the Literature of Seventeenth- and Eigteenth-Century France
Appendix: Translation of the Avertissements in Works by Jean-Baptiste Dupuits
Bibliography
Index
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