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Early Keyboard Fingering by Jeong-Suk Bae

August 27, 2016
Buchner

Adapting the Fingering in the Early Keyboard Music: Between the Theory and Practicality

by Jeong-Suk Bae

In this paper Jeong-Suk Bae discusses fingering systems for early keyboard music and the practicality of applying these systems today.

Case studies include Sweelinck’s Toccata (Aeolian) and Frescobaldi’s Toccata Nona.  Fingering systems discussed include Hans Buchner’s Fundamentum (c.1520) and Nikolaus Ammerbach’s Orgel oder Instrument Tabulatur (1571).

JP Sweelinck

JP Sweelinck (1562-1621)

Jeong-Suk Bae concludes that early fingering systems are sometimes difficult to apply today.  “While it is crucial to adapt early fingering for the period keyboard repertoire, modern performers need the flexibility to adjust along with the historical knowledge.”

The paper can be downloaded from the link below.

Early Keyboard Fingering by Jeong-Suk Bae

Dr. Jeong-Suk Bae teaches organ at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX, and holds organist positions at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Downtown Houston and St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Katy, TX. She earned her DMA in Organ Performance at the University of Houston studying organ and harpsichord with Dr. Roberts Bates and Dr. Matthew Dirst. She performs as a solo organist and accompanist throughout the Houston area and beyond; her recent performances (2016) includes the Bayoubüchlein Concert at the AGO’s 2016 National Convention in Houston and Monaghan Organ Recital Series at the University of St. Thomas.  Highly interested in researching and performing early music, she presented a workshop on Pasquini’s Partimenti during the 2016 National AGO Convention in Houston, and her paper “Early Fingering: Theory and Practicality” was published by CUSTOS, the Danish Journal of Early Music in September 2016.  Her other paper, “Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Italian Keyboard Continuo Improvisation and its Application to Buxtehude’s Trio Sonatas op. 1 and 2” was presented at the Westfield National Convention in 2013.

 

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