Sawn in half: Mendelssohn and the divided pedal

Norris, David Owen (2008) Sawn in half: Mendelssohn and the divided pedal

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Authors/Creators:Norris, David Owen
Description/Abstract:The researcher traces the history of the divided damper-rail from London-built square pianos of the 1760s. He demonstrates a number of passages in Mendelssohn's piano writing which require the divided pedal, also mentioning other aspects of performance that are affected by early piano design, including fingering and rhythmic distortion. This item includes downloadable transcript and image files.

Item Type:Music Item - Performance
Music Item Type:performance
Locations:London, GB, (Place of publication)
Additional Information:An exploration of the ways in which Mendelssohn exploited the divided sustaining pedal found on Broadwood pianos. Deposited on the PRIMO website as an audio file with visual attachments.
Date:12 February 2008
ePrint ID:184803

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