Chambonnières’s Jeunes Zéphyrs and the hidden craft of the seventeenth-century clavecinistes

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHidden Archives, Hidden Practices
Subtitle of host publicationDebates about Music-Making
EditorsHelena Marinho, Maria do Rosário Pestana, Maria José Artiaga, Rui Penha
Place of PublicationAveiro
PublisherUA Editora
Pages127-142
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-972-789-646-2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

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