By David Rowland
David Rowland strains the historical past of piano pedaling from its beginnings within the eighteenth century to its first adulthood in the course of the 19th century and past. Pedaling process was once a tremendous characteristic of nineteenth-century piano functionality and, coupled with new advancements in piano constitution, encouraged many composers to put in writing cutting edge works for the literature. Rowland examines this during the method and tune of composer-pianists equivalent to Beethoven, Liszt, and Chopin and follows the transition from harpsichord and clavichord to piano. The publication additionally comprises an appendix of translated extracts from 3 famous piano-pedaling tutors.
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L805-10. l805 it was the norm for the 'Viennese' piano to have four or five pedals. 23 His early instruments (up to about 1820) have five pedals: una corda, bassoon, two degrees of moderator, sustaining. From then until 1835, the standard disposition is reduced to four pedals: una corda, bassoon, moderator, sustaining. For four years or so after that, the bassoon was replaced by a second moderator and in 1839 the number of pedals was reduced to three (una corda, moderator, sustaining), which is the arrangement found on Grafs last-known piano.
It can therefore be assumed that almost any grand piano appropriate to the mature Haydn/Mozart and early Beethoven period would have either one or two sustaining levers with the probable addition of a moderator lever or stop. Other types of soft pedal seem rarely, if ever, to have been used on the 'Viennese' piano in the eighteenth century. The beginning of the nineteenth century saw two important developments; the disappearance of knee levers in favour of pedals and an increase in the standard number of devices on grand pianos.
Some conclusions can be drawn from their terminology, however, which is borrowed from that of the organ or harpsichord: Register (Regisire), £iig, and Stimme are the words most frequently used for stops, levers or pedals. Writers probably thought of these devices in the same way as their counterparts on the organ or harpsichord. Consequently they were to be used for whole sections of music, just as an organ stop or harpsichord register would be. C. P. E. 1 Because of the date at which this was written (1762) it is most unlikely that 42 Early techniques of the pedals 43 C.