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Authenticity in Performance : Eighteenth-Century Case Studies - Peter le Huray

Authenticity in Performance

Eighteenth-Century Case Studies

Paperback Published: 21st January 1991
ISBN: 9780521399265
Number Of Pages: 224

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In the last ten years or so an interest in 'authenticity' has reached a wide public. Many of the best-selling records of Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart are those in which period techniques and period instruments are used. There is however a danger that new 'authentic' dogmas of style and interpretation will come to replace the anachronistic dogmas of the late romantic tradition. 'The search for an 'authentic' interpretation', writes Peter le Huray in his opening chapter, 'is not the search for a single hard and fast answer, but for a range of possibilities from which to make performing decisions.' This book introduces the performer to the problems that must be faced when preparing an 'authentic' interpretation. It does so by focussing on nine representative and well-known works from the Baroque and Classical periods, defining some of the more important questions that the performer and listener should ask, and suggesting fruitful lines of enquiry. It is essential reading and reference material for player, student and listener alike.

List of music examples
The spirit of authenticity
Bach+s C major Prelude, BWV 870 and 870a
Corelli+s Violin Sonata, Op. 5, No. 11
Couperin and the French style
Bach+s Overture in D, BWV 1068
Handel+s Messiah
Bach+s C minor Passacaglia (BWV 582)
The classical style, a change of direction
Leopold Mozart and the K421 Quartet
Haydn+s Drum Roll Symphony No. 103
Beethoven+s Moonlight Sonata, and late eighteenth-century pianism
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ISBN: 9780521399265
ISBN-10: 0521399262
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 21st January 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 17.15  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39