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Early Recordings and Musical Style : Changing Tastes in Instrumental Performance, 1900-1950 - Robert Philip

Early Recordings and Musical Style

Changing Tastes in Instrumental Performance, 1900-1950

Paperback Published: 19th August 2004
ISBN: 9780521607445
Number Of Pages: 288

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Until recently, early recordings were regarded as little more than old-fashioned curiosities. Scholars and musicians now are beginning to realise their importance as historical documents which preserve the performances of Elgar, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and other composers, and of the musicians with whom they worked. In a more general way, recordings reveal the detailed performance practice of the early twentieth century and illustrate how styles have changed over the years. Early recordings also shed new light on nineteenth-century performance, but at the same time they highlight the limitations of our attempts to recreate the styles of the period before the development of recording. In this fascinating and detailed study, Robert Philip argues that recordings of the early twentieth century provide an important, and hitherto neglected, resource in the history of musical performance. The book concentrates on aspects of performance which underwent the greatest change in the early twentieth century: rhythm, including flexibility of tempo, rubato, and the treatment of rhythmic detail; the use of vibrato; and the employment of portamento by stringplayers. The final chapters explore some of the implications of these changes, both for the study of earlier periods and for the understanding of our own attitudes to the music of the past. The book contains information tables, music examples, and a discography and will be of interest to scholars and students of music history and performance practice as well as to musicians and collectors of historical recordings.

..".a gold mine of performance-practice source material that he uses not only as a demonstration of how radically performance style has changed in the twentieth century, but also as a case study in the nature of our understanding and interpretation of performance-practice documentation in general. Philip's book is, indeed, nothing short of revolutionary....This is a book that no one with an interest in musical performance style can afford to overlook." Douglas Leedy, Performance Practice Review
..".a gold mine of performance-practice source material that he uses not only as a demonstration of how radically performance style has changed in the twentieth century, but also as a case study in the nature of our understanding and interpretation of performance-practice documentation in general. Philip's book is, indeed, nothing short of revolutionary....This is a book that no one with an interest in musical performance style can afford to overlook." Douglas Leedy, Performance Practice Review

Introduction
Rhythm
Flexibility of tempo
Tempo rubato
Long and short notes
Vibrato
String vibrato
Woodwind vibrato
Portamento
Solo portamento
Orchestral portamento
Implications
Implications for the nineteenth century
Implications for the future
Notes
Discography
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ISBN: 9780521607445
ISBN-10: 0521607442
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 19th August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 18.7  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.52