Clavichord for Beginners

by Joan Benson

Published by: Indiana University Press

144 pages, 8.50 x 11.00 in, 19 b&w illus., 77 music exx.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253011589
  • Published: April 2014


  • eBook
  • 9780253011640
  • Published: April 2014


Written by Joan Benson, one of the champions of clavichord performance in the 20th century, Clavichord for Beginners is an exceptional method book for both practitioners and enthusiasts. In addition to detailing the historical origins of the instrument and the evolution of keyboard technique, the book describes the proper method for practicing fingering and articulation and emphasizes the importance of touch and sensitivity at the keyboard. A CD featuring Benson in performance and a DVD of interviews and lessons accompany the book, illustrating important exercises for the beginner. The discs also include discussions on topics that range from 16th-century keyboard masters to the frontiers of electronic music research.