I was wondering if there's any good information out there about interpreting music that was written for harpischord when playing it on the piano?
I don't know much about it, but I gather harpsichords had a limited dynamic range. However, we aren't playing harpsichords, so do we put dynamics in as if it were written for piano? And loads of other questions regarding articulation etc ... Each instrument has it's own qualities, but although they are both keyboard instruments, there is little else in common between them - the playing mechanism is totally different. So it wouldn't, I suspect, be right to play as if you were playing a harpsichord, since you're not, and that would just relegate the piano to being a poor substitute of the original instrument. But on the other hand, you surely don't want big Romantic swells of crescendo and diminuendo all over the place. My mum lent me her Easy Graded Bach book, from the 1950's, and that has a rather imaginative use of the pedal!! I suspect we wouldn't do that in modern interpretations of early music.
Any advice where to look?