Anton Bemetzrieder (1739-1808) was a versatile scholar who obtained degrees
in philosophy and law. His tremendously successful Leçons
was edited by his friend, the philosopher and critic Denis Diderot. Bemetzrieder
emphasizes a thorough knowledge of harmony, as well as the importance
of improvisation in combination with skill in continuo playing. Shown
here are examples of harmonic progressions that establish several key
areas, with demonstrations of how they might be presented as figurational
Anton Bemetzrieder, Leçons de clavecin, et
principes d’harmonie. Paris: Chez Bluet, 1771.
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