Finger crossing on a virginal Playing an antique harpsichord with old fingerings Plying a double French harpsichord with early fingerings Playing a historical organ with Baroque fingerings


by Claudio Di Veroli

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Published Book Review

Find below excerpts from the thorough and highly positive review—of the 5th edition—written by a distinguised Dutch harpsichordist and clavichordist. This review contains some observations that the author of the book has addressed in a letter published in the same magazine, No.45, Oct. 2009.

Menno van Delft inĀ The British Clavichord Society Newsletter, No.44, June 2009:

“Few would disagree, I think, with the notion that fingering is one of the most important technical issues in keyboard playing. Because of its impact on touch and articulation it very practically and directly relates to musical shaping and expression. This publication therefore is a welcome addition to the literature on the topic.

Claudio Di Veroli ... has studied and put into practice early fingering techniques for decades, ... He offers a synthesis of fingering practices of the seventeenth and early eighteenth century, presented in the form of a set of more than fifty rules, divided over five chapters dealing with scales (both plain and ornamented), passages and all kinds of various textures. ...

Di Veroli offers a large amount of fingering examples ... and thoroughly examines all kinds of fingering questions. His fifty-plus rules help to pin-point the various principles at work when choosing a fingering. ... this book is a valuable in-depth study ... [T]he book will stimulate the reader to reconsider quite a few important fingering issues and to look at some of the historical information from a different point of view. Di Veroli has made a serious attempt to put into practice what the often confusing and contradicting sources and historical fingering examples suggest. For that he can only be praised!”