>>I tried out several Froberger and Frescobaldi toccatas that use some
>>of each enharmonic pair. I tried the Froberger ricercar in C# minor
>>(1658, last piece in Schott's volume 1), which *didn't* work: the B#
>>and E# don't have split keys, and are consequently way out of tune
for >>their contexts. Also, it was awkward to play one of the left-hand
>>parts in there where the pinky takes G# on the front half of its key,
>>and 1 or 2 take the D# up on the top half of *its* key.... Turn that
>>wrist around in a weird way!
>You should have tried transposing it up a half step (easy to do at
>sight; if I can do it, I'm sure you
>can). Played in D minor (as it was conceived?), regular meantone
>accommodates all the notes except
>a-flat (original G natural) below middle c. I suspect it's
>considerably less awkard to play in the
>transposed position on that keyboard, besides sounding much better.
Then, what besides quadruple pique would possess Froberger to notate the
thing in four sharps? Why would he bother?