The Piano Lesson
Many of the keyboard tutors published in Austria, Germany, France, and
England devote a great deal of attention to principles of harmony and
voice leading—elements of the art of accompaniment of which
all the tutors speak. Keyboard players often had to rely on their mastery
of chord progressions and the ability to spontaneously turn the skeleton
of a harmonic progression into interesting and varied figurations, whether
as a prelude introducing a piece or as accompaniment to a soloist or ensemble.
Many of the keyboard tutors, including those aimed at beginners, present
these principles of harmony as something to be studied right away by the
student pianist. Only the treatises designed for advanced players, such
as those by Bach and Türk, give significant attention to the finer
details of expression.
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