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Invention for harpsichord sounds (electric keyboard music)

by Ron Nagorcka (2007)

Invention for harpsichord sounds


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Invention for harpsichord sounds / Ron Nagorcka.

Library shelf no. 786.74/NAG 5 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This piece is written for "harpsichord sounds" rather than harpsichord because it uses 31 tones in each octave instead of the usual 12 and a harpsichord simply cannot be tuned to play it. Instead the piece is played on a keyboard which controls a computer program that is tuned according to the composer's instructions. The tuning is the ancient system known as "just intonation" which Ron Nagorcka (along with an increasing number of composers) prefers to use whenever possible, as it is not only more accurately in tune, but provides a wealth of new and different harmonic resources.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: MIDI keyboard (5 octaves - 61 notes) playing sampled harpsichord tuned to 31 tones/octave (7 limit) just intonation, amplification.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Advanced student.

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