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The Hurdy-Gurdy in Eighteenth-Century France
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface to the First Edition
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments for the Second Edition
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction to the Second Edition
  2. pp. xv-xxvi
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  1. 1 Historical Background
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 2 The Music
  2. pp. 25-49
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  1. 3 Musical Interpretation and Performance Practice
  2. pp. 50-65
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  1. 4 The Repertory
  2. pp. 66-88
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  1. 5 The Vielle in the Literature of Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century France
  2. pp. 89-102
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  1. Appendix: Avertissements in the Works of Jean-Baptiste Dupuits
  2. pp. 103-108
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 109-114
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 115-119
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