Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.
Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg (1718–1795): German Critic, Journalist, Theorist, Composer – Classical Period
- Initially interested in discussing how music had an effect on audiences but later shifted and became more concerned about the works themselves & the composer’s relation to the work.
- Among his many works are topics ranging from teaching keyboard performance, thoroughbass, and composition and fugue.
- Developed Rameau’s theories.
- His works used in the study of the history of 18th century music. He had three periodicals in which he wrote and edited: Der critische Musicus an der Spree (1749–50), Historisch-kritische Beyträge zur Aufnahme der Musik (1754–62, 1778), and Kritische Briefe über die Tonkunst (1760–64).
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Berol engraving, original painting by Friedrich Kauke, and uploaded by FastilyClone. Engraving of Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg. 1758. Gallica – The Digital Library of the National Library of France, Paris. Commons Wikimedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 20 April 2005. Web. 18 Aug. 2015. Public Domain.
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