For many scholars and musicians, the seventeenth-century French harpsichord repertory is steeped in mystery. Through a study of Chambonnières’s sarabande Jeunes Zéphyrs, which has inspired a dozen harpsichord versions, this article investigates the criteria for answering two key questions: (1) What do the concordant versions tell us about the hidden practices of the clavecinistes? (2) How should information on variant readings be presented in a modern edition? The concordant versions contain vital information for probing the mystery of Chambonnières’s skill of charming his listeners. Presenting variant readings challenges editors to develop new procedures to bypass the limits of conventional Urtext editions. Playing from a score with increased flexibility would be a major step towards developing the mindset required for reinventing the hidden craft of the clavecinistes.
|Title of host publication||Hidden Archives, Hidden Practices|
|Subtitle of host publication||Debates about Music-Making|
|Editors||Helena Marinho, Maria do Rosário Pestana, Maria José Artiaga, Rui Penha|
|Place of Publication||Aveiro|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2020|