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The Harpsichord in 17th and 18th Century France is a comprehensive study in three parts: organology, interpretation and historical sociology. The author gathers his most recent discoveries here. The Organology will upset some of our certainties, and in the field of interpretation this book provides the first comprehensive study on the French harpsichord fingering and the keys used by the French harpsichordists. The catalog of graces was increased, classified and explained according to period documents. Historical sociology outlines the different periods, composers, and societal data essential to an understanding of the time.