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Choral Performance : A Guide to Historical Practice - Steven E. Plank

Choral Performance

A Guide to Historical Practice


Published: 15th October 2004
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This guide presents a detailed discussion of various aspects of historical performance practice, especially as they relate to liturgical polyphony of the Renaissance. The author considers such issues as timbre, tempo, and rhythm, the makeup of the ensemble, articulation, ornamentation, pitch and tuning, and interpretive goals �issues in which pre-modern choral technique and modern practice have often distinctively diverged. Musicological and performance perspectives are both drawn upon to address these issues in a manner that is both documentary as well as practical. This study will be of interest to musicians who specialize in early music, but it is also particularly addressed to conductors and singers who come to early music from the mainstream and perform it in that context. Mainstream choral conductors faced with the need to develop expression in multiple styles across a broad repertory will come to find the interpretation of historical style a congenial ally.

...the volume alerts conductors and conductors-in-training to important performance issues. Recommended. * CHOICE *
...this book will certainly be of value to choral singers and directors who perform early music. * Church Music Quarterly *
With an emphasis on the liturgical polyphony of the Renaissance, Plank discusses various aspects of historical choral performance practice. Some of the performance issues addressed include timber, pitch, articulation, ornamentation, tempo, and tuning. Although likely to be of interest to professionals specializing in early music, the text is particularly aimed at conductors and singers who come to "early music" from the mainstream. * Reference and Research Book News *
Stephen Plank's book clearly offers the fruits of years of practice and thought on the subject of teaching historical choral singing. It will be of considerable value to singers in and directors of such groups, but also, in casting light on and offering potential solutions to perennial issues and problems, it contains much food for thought for professionals in the field. -- Andrew Kirkman, conductor

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
"It's on Account of the Sound It Is"p. 13
The Ensemblep. 31
What Pitches Shall We Sing?p. 53
Rhythm, Tempo, and the Conductor's Gesturep. 65
Articulation, Ornamentation, and Interpretationp. 81
Putting Things into Practicep. 95
So What?p. 115
Bibliographyp. 119
Indexp. 125
About the Authorp. 129
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ISBN: 9780810851412
ISBN-10: 0810851415
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 15th October 2004
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 16.9  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.21