The First Principles Of Pianoforte Playing

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TABLE
TOUCH
Consists of:—
THE RESTING
The continuous Element
THE ADDED-IMPETUS
The dis-continuous Element
Is coexistent with the duration of each phrase or sustained note: Either absolutely continuous, as in all finger passages, or of resumed continuance, in Hand and Arm passages.
Lasts only during the moment of key-de­flection, and ceases instantly with the emission of sound, no matter what the kind of tone.
FIRST, OR LIGHTER FORM,
at key-surface only, is The Basis of all Staccati.
SECOND, OR HEAVIER FORM,
at key-bed ; includes the first form, and is
The Basis of all Tenuti and Legati.
Suffices to depress the key at its softest, and to retain it depressed.*
Required to produce the sound in all staccati; also in all Tenuti and Legati of greater Tone-amount than pp.
Its many-sidedness permits all tone-differ­ences both of Quality and Quantity. The various forms consequently required of it, are described in the Chapters that follow.
Not heavy enough to depress the key; hence permits the key to rebound on the conclusion of the act of key-depression.
(*)                       (b)
Tenuto, and Legato, when all degrees of j the Tenuti are Duration less: transferred from than that, down | finger to finger, to staccato.
• The Retting and the Added impetus are hence identical in ppp-Tenuto or Legato, which thus forme the only eimple form of Touch.
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