Reflections of an American Harpsichordist

Reflections of an American Harpsichordist

Unpublished Memoirs, Essays, and Lectures of Ralph Kirkpatrick

Edited by Meredith Kirkpatrick

Personal eBook

University of Rochester Press



Presents previously unpublished memoirs (1933-77), lectures, and essays by the eminent harpsichordist and scholar Ralph Kirkpatrick.
This collection of unpublished writings by the eminent harpsichordist and scholar Ralph Kirkpatrick contains his memoirs for the period 1933-77 as well as essays on a variety of topics, including his preparation for the first performance of Elliott Carter's Double Concerto, thoughts on editing Bach's Goldberg Variations, and reflections on recording, chamber music, performance, and harpsichords and their transport. The volume also contains five lectures from a Yale University lecture series presented between 1969 and 1971, a bibliography of publications by and about Kirkpatrick, a discography of his recordings, and a foreword by former Kirkpatrick student and renowned organist William Porter.

Meredith Kirkpatrick, the niece of Ralph Kirkpatrick, is a librarian and bibliographer at Boston University and the editor of Ralph Kirkpatrick: Letters of the American Harpsichordist and Scholar (University of Rochester Press, 2014).


13 black and white illustrations
226 pages
9x6 in
Hardback, 9781580465915, March 2017
Personal eBook, 9781782049623, March 2017
Library eBook
BISAC MUS023030, MUS050000, BIO004000
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Table of Contents

Memoirs, 1933-77
On Performing
On Recording
On Chamber Music
On Harpsichords and Their Transport
Elliott Carter's Double Concerto (ca. 1973)
On Editing Bach's Goldberg Variations: For Arthur Mendel (March 31, 1973)
RK and Music at JE (1983)
The Equipment and Education of a Musician (1971)
Bach and Mozart for Violin and Harpsichord (ca. 1944)
The Early Piano (Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Music Weekly, September 23, 1973)
Bach and Keyboard Instruments
In Search of Scarlatti's Harpsichord
Style in Performance
The Performer's Pilgrimage to the Sources
Private Virtue and Public Vice in the Performance of "Early Music"
Appendix A: Personal Names in the Text
Appendix B: Publications by and about Ralph Kirkpatrick
Appendix C: Ralph Kirkpatrick Discography

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