Historical performance practice of the prélude non mesuré and its relationship to recording and performance
‘A Prelude is a free composition, in which the imagination gives rein to any fancy that may present itself’ (François Couperin: L'art de toucher Le Clavecin, 1716) The enigmatic prélude non mesuré was a short-lived genre characterised by rhythmically free croches blanches (‘flagged white notes’, rather than white quavers) and sweeping lines and slurs that were generally notated without specific reference to rhythm or metre. Some of the lines appear to bind...[Show more]
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