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John Casper Heck: 'Instructions for playing on the Harpsichord[,] Fortepiano etc.'

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MS. Mus. b.30

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Autograph 'additional part' to The Art of Playing the Harpsichord, [1770], not published. Written during the life time of Georg Benda (see p. 69), i.e. before 1795.

Musical examples are as follows:
  1. (pp. 25-27) Chaconne with 12 Variations by Dr. Pebusch [Johann Christoph Pepusch] (from Clavierstücke mit einem practischen Unterricht für Anfänger und Geübtere, 1762-1763).
  2. (pp. 28-33) Air with 7 variations by J. Ph. [Johann Philipp] Kirnberger.
  3. (pp. 34-36) Sonata in F minor... by C. Ph. Eman. [Carl Philipp Emanuel] Bach (from Achtzehn Probe-Stücke in Sechs Sonaten, 1753, Wotquenne 63:6).
  4. (pp. 44-45) A Solfeggio in C [major] by Phil. Eman. [Carl Philipp Emanuel] Bach (from Klavierstücke verschiedener Art, 1765, Wotquenne 112:10).
  5. (pp. 56-61) Sonata in A minor... by C. [Christoph] Nichelmann.
  6. (Pp. 63-69) Sonata [in D minor] by Georg Benda.
  7. (pp. 70-75) A Fugue [in G minor] in 3 Parts by Phil. Eman. [Carl Philipp Emanuel] Bach (from Klavierstücke verschiedener Art, 1765, Wotquenne 112:19).
  8. (pp. 78-80) 'Preludio' and 'Aria de Opera Lucio Papiro', by C. H. [Carl Heinrich] Graun.


  • late 18th cent.


80 pages

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. b.30, fols. 1-2.]
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MS. Mus. b.30

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11037


John Casper Heck (1740?-1791): 'Instructions for playing on the Harpsichord[,] Fortepiano etc., late 18th cent.

Biographical / Historical

John Casper Heck (1740?-1791) was a music theorist. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1967.

Physical Facet

Binding: contemporary marbled paper on boards. Original pagination 1-80. 21 gatherings of 2. Watermark closely resembles Heawood 1849, in the form noticed on p. 106. Ruling as needed, up to 12 staves to a page.


Imperial quarto, leaves 21 × 15 in.
John Casper Heck: 'Instructions for playing on the Harpsichord, Fortepiano etc.'
EAD version 2019 by Hannah Jordan and Margaret Czepiel
Language of description

Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom