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Dupuit: Principles of hurdy-gurdy playing.

Dupuit: Principles of hurdy-gurdy playing.  

Available online for £19 from Richard Haynes Music Services in pdf format (61 pages), he describes this as follows: “Principe pour toucher de la Vielle was published in 1741 (Paris) and is thus the earliest of the major methods. This edition follows the pattern of the Bouin in having complete parallel texts (French to English) and in-line musical examples transposed into modern clef and clearly laid out. The original includes 6 large sonatas that are of doubtful viability and these very dense 34 pages are not included. However, as a special feature of this work, where Dupuit’s text has a movement by movement analysis of how the pieces are to be played I have included thematic examples into the body of the translation in order that the maximum possible education can be gained from Dupuit’s remarks. The provision of this context makes the of the remarks far more easy to understand. The original text is prohibitively difficult to read through primitive printing and fading.