Lecons de Clavecin, et Principes d'Harmonie, Par Mr Bemetzrieder. Preface is by Denis Diderot, (1713-1784).

A Paris, Chez Bluet, Libraire, Pont Saint-Michel, M.DCC.LXXI (1771). 4to, 20x 15.3cm, First Edition, viii,362, [1], (Privilege), complete with half-title, engraved music throughout, p320 misnumbered 220, engraved bookplate of French publisher Gaston Calmann-L‚vy (1864-1948) on front paste-down endpaper, in contemporary quarter calf backed marbled boards, spine worn, board edges heavily worn, internally clean and sound (hods2). Item #41243

~ Bemetzrieder was born in Alsace and came to Paris at a young age. He entered a Benedictine monastery, but left the order, and became music teacher to philosopher Denis Diderot's daughter Angelica. After discussions with Bemetzrieder about his theory of music, Diderot offered to incorporate his thoughts into a dialogue format, with Bemetzrieder acting as Master, Angelica as Disciple, and Diderot as Friend. The central theme is the best method of teaching a student to play the harpsichord, with consideration to harmony, technical skill and improvisation. This is an important work in the history of music, and it appeared in several later editions, including English and Spanish.

Price: $500.00

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