Date of Award

1985

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Program

Music MA

First Advisor

Hans-Jorgen Holman

Abstract

P roblem L i t t l e i s known a b o u t Henry P u r c e l l ' s a p p l i c a t i o n o f p h r a s i n g and a r t i c u l a t i o n in h i s h a r p s i c h o r d w o r k s , t h e r e f o r e a n i n v e s t i g a t i o n o f t h e o r i g i n a l p e r f o r m a n c e p r a c t i c e s o f h i s h a r p s i c h o r d s u i t e s i s n e e d e d . T h is s t u d y p u r p o s e d t o e s t a b l i s h how b e s t t o p h r a s e and a r t i c u l a t e t h e h a r p s i c h o r d m u s ic o f Henry P u r c e l l , e s p e c i a l l y h i s e i g h t h a r p s i c h o r d s u i t e s . Method D e t a i l e d s t u d y o f P u r c e l l ' s h a r p s i c h o r d s u i t e s an d a r e v ie w o f t h e l i t e r a t u r e d i r e c t l y r e l a t e d t o th em and t h e m a t t e r o f f i n g e r i n g , a r t i c u l a t i o n , an d p h r a s i n g i n B a ro q u e p e r f o r m a n c e p r o v i d e d t h e b a s i s f o r c o n c l u s i o n s on how t o p h r a s e and a r t i c u l a t e P u r c e l l ' s h a r p s i c h o r d s u i t e s . A p p l i c a t i o n o f P u r c e l l ' s f i n g e r i n g p r a c t i c e s r a s w e l l a s o f r h y th m i c i n e q u a l i t y a n d a u t h e n t i c o r n a m e n t io n a t t h e k e y b o a r d w as a l s o made. R e s u l t s P u r c e l l ' s f i n g e r i n g p r a c t i c e s , e v id e n c e d by h i s f i n g e r e d p r e l u d e an d s c a l e , y i e l d e d f r e q u e n t p a i r e d a r t i c u l a t i o n and r h y th m i c i n e q u a l i t y . A n a l y s i s o f a r t i c u l a t i o n p a t t e r n s o f P u r c e l l ' s t i m e a l s o i n d i c a t e a r t i c u l a t i o n o f o r n a m e n ts an d a r t i c u l a t i o n o v e r t h e b a r l i n e an d a t m id b a r. C o n c l u s i o n s E n g l i s h B aro q u e p e r f o r m a n c e can be b e s t u n d e r s t o o d and i s a t t a i n a b l e t h r o u g h a r t i c u l a t i o n and c e r t a i n r u l e s o f f i n g e r i n g , t h e a p p a r e n t key t o t h e u s e o f r h y th m i c i n e q u a l i t y an d p r o p e r a r t i c u l a t i o n .

Subject Area

Music--Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.), Harpsichord music.

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