Augusta Campagne, Markus Grassl (eds.): ›Universum rei harmonicae concentum absolvunt.‹ The Harpsichord in the Sixteenth Century

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The volume deals with various topics related to keyboard music in the 16th century. These include aesthetic ideas associated with keyboard playing, the spread of the harpsichord in the sixteenth century, keyboard notation and its specific features, questions of tempo, rhythm and ornamentation, and iconographic sources as a basis for reconstructing playing techniques.

It gathers the proceedings of a conference held at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in 2021. The contributions cover a wide range of aspects of musical style, repertoire and performance practice, as well as the socio-cultural significance of plucked instruments in the sixteenth century. It is aimed at musicologists and musicians.

Publication: forthcoming in early 2024


About the Editors

Augusta Campagne taught harpsichord and figured bass at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Her main research interests are early keyboard accompaniment and harpsichord music of the long 16th century.

Markus Grassl is professor at the Institute for Musicology and Performance Studies at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. His research focuses on early instrumental music, the music of the French Baroque, and the history of performance of early music in the 20th century.