The Pianoforte, its origin, progress, and construction (Rimbault, Edward Francis)

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London: Robert Cocks and Co., 1860.


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Work Title The Pianoforte, its origin, progress, and construction
Alternative Title The Pianoforte, its origin, progress, and construction; with some account of instruments of the same class which preceded it; viz. the clavichord, the virginal, the spinet, the harpsichord, etc. to which is added a selection of interesting Specimens of Music composed for keyed-stringed instruments, by Blitheman, Byrd, Bull, Frescobaldi, Dumont, Chambonnieres, Lully, Purcell, Muffat, Couperin, Kuhnau, Scarlatti, Seb. Bach, Mattheson, Handel, C.P. Emanuel Bach, etc. by Edward F. Rimbault, Ll.D. member of the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, etc. etc.
Composer Rimbault, Edward Francis
Movements/Sections 3 parts
Part I: The History of the Pianoforte
  1. Some of the Stringed Instruments of the Ancients
  2. The Medieval Instruments that preceded the Invention of the Key-board
  3. The First Invention of the Pianoforte Class
  4. The Virginal
  5. The Spinet
  6. The Harpsichord
  7. The Claimants to the Invention of the Pianoforte
  8. The Progress of the Pianoforte on the Continent
  9. The Introduction and Progress of the Pianoforte in England
  10. The Progress of the Pianoforte in the Nineteenth Century
Part II: The Construction of the Pianoforte
  1. The Framing
  2. The Stringing
  3. The Action
  4. Various Mechanical Contrivances applied to the Pianoforte in order to obtain sustained Sounds
  5. Melographic, Mechanical, and Transposing Pianos
  6. Statistics of Pianofortes and Pianoforte Manufacturing as an Article of Trade; Materials used in the Construction of Pianofortes; &c.
Part III: The Early Composers for Instruments of the Pianoforte Class
A Collection of Specimens Illustrating the Progress of Music for Keyed-Stringed Instruments (24 Pieces by various composers)
  1. Gloria Tibi Trinitas - arr. Blitheman
    From Thomas Mulliner's Booke for ye Virginalls, collated with another copy in Lady Neville's Virginal Book ; both MSS. in the possession of the author.
  2. Sellenger's Round - arr. William Byrd
    From Queen Elizabeth's Virginal Book in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, collated with another copy in the Earl of Leicester's Virginal Book in the possession of the author.
  3. The King's Huntig Jigg - John Bull
    From a MS. volume of Virginal Music, transcribed by Sir John Hawkins, in the possession of the author.
  4. Les Buffons - John Bull
    From the same MS.
  5. Courante Jewel - John Bull
    From a Dutch MS. of Dr. Bull's compositions, written between 1621 and 1628, formerly in the library of Queen Caroline, Consort of George II.
  6. Capriccio del soggetto sopra l'aria di Roggiero - Girolamo Frescobaldi
    From Toccate e partite d'intavolatura di Cembalo. Rome, 1615. Folio.
  7. Suite de Pieces, D minor - H. du Mont
    From Meslanges à 2, 3, 4, et 5 Parties, avec la basse-continuée, contenant plusieurs Chansons, Motets, Magnificats, Preludes, Allemandes, &c. Paris, 1657. 4to.
  8. Suite de Pieces, A minor - Chambonnières
    From Les Pièces de Clavesin de Monsieur de Chambonnières. Paris, 1670. Oblong 4to.
  9. Suite de Pieces, E minor - John Loeillet, misattributed to Jean-Baptiste Lully
    From Lessons for the Harpsichord or Spinnet. Printed by Daniel Wright, next the Tun Tavern, corner of Brook Street, Holborn (1698). Ob. folio.
  10. Prelude and Airs, C major - Henry Purcell
    From A Choice Collection of Lessons for the Harpsichord or Spinnet. Printed on Copper Plates for Mrs. Frances Purcell, Executrix of the Author. London, 1696. Small oblong.
  11. Variationes super cantilenam - F. X. A. Murschhauser
    From Octi-tonium Novum Organicum, octo Tonis Ecclesiasticis, ad Psalmos, et Magnificat, adhiheri solitis, respondens. Augsburg, 1696. Ob. folio.
  12. Sonata, B major - Johann Kuhnau
    From a MS. entitled Histoires tirées de la Bible, avec les explications, en six sonates. 1700.
  13. Suite de Pieces, E minor - Johann Mattheson
    From Sonates pour le Clavecin. Hamburg, 1713. Folio.
  14. Sonata, A minor, K.54 - Domenico Scarlatti
    From a magnificently written MS. volume of pieces (mostly unpublished) in the possession of the author, entitled Libro de XLIV Sonatas modernas, para Clavicordio. Compuestas per il Senor D. Domingo Scarlatti, Cabaliero del Orden de Santiago, y Maestro de los Reyes Catolicos, D. Fernando el VI, y Dona Maria Barbara.
  15. Sonata, G major, K.104 - Domenico Scarlatti
    From the same MS.
  16. Suite de Pieces, D minor - François Couperin
    From Pièces de Clavecin. Paris, 1713-19, Folio.
  17. Capriccio sopra la lontananza del fratre dilettissimo - J. S. Bach, BWV 992
    From C. F. Becker's Hausmusik in Deutschland in dem 16, 17, und 18. Jahrhunderte. Leipzig, 1840. 4to.
  18. Capriccio, G major - Handel
    From a beautiful MS. volume in the hand-writing of Smith ; said to have been written for the Princess Amelia. Many of the pieces (including the one now published for the first time) are unknown.
  19. Fantaisie, G major - Gottlieb Muffat
    From Componimenti musicali per il Cembalo. Vienna, 1727. Oblong folio.
  20. Air, G major - Gottlieb Muffat
    From the same work.
  21. Allemand, C major - Gottlieb Muffat
    From a MS. in the author's library.
  22. Introduction and Toccata, G minor - I. J. de Mondonville
    From a contemporary MS. presented to the author by the late J. B. Cramer.
  23. Rondo, E major - C. P. E. Bach, Wq.61/1, H.288
    From Clavier Sonaten und Freye Fantasien nebst einigen Rondos fürs Fortepiano, &c. Leipzig, 1787. Oblong folio.
  24. Fantasia, C major - C. P. E. Bach, Wq.61/6, H.291
    From the same work.
  1. Hints to those who have the Care of Pianofortes
  2. On Tuning
  3. How to regulate Defects in the Mechanism of the Pianoforte
  4. A Glossary of the principal Terms used in the Manufacture of the Pianoforte
Additional Notes and Illustrations
First Publication 1860
Language English
Dedication Henry E. Dibdin, Esq.
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation piano (pieces for clavichord, harpsichord, etc.)
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