CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD (1941-2014)

Conductor, Musicologist, Keyboard player

Carlo Zuccari's The True Method of Playing an Adagio

March 22, 2012

Edition HH have just published a facsimile edition of Carlo Zuccari's The True Method of Playing an Adagio, featuring an introduction and commentary by Christopher.

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The problems of ornamenting a slow movement were as apparent in the 18th century as they are to players today: even Charles Burney admitted that it was an area “in which performers of great powers of execution often fail”. Carlo Zuccari comes to the rescue with a dozen sample adagios printed with both the simple line and a decorated alternative. There are no written rules in his collection — simply teaching by the direct method, and applicable to all melodic instruments (violin, flute, oboe, cello etc).

 

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This facsimile edition contains a list of original misprints to be corrected and a full introduction and commentary by Christopher.

 
 

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