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Musical Performance and Reception : Playing with History: The Historical Approach to Musical Performance - John Butt

Musical Performance and Reception

Playing with History: The Historical Approach to Musical Performance

By: John Butt


Published: 13th August 2002
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Why do we feel the need to perform music in a historically informed style? Is this need related to wider cultural concerns? In the most ambitious study of the topic to date, John Butt sums up recent debates on the nature of the early music movement and historically informed performance, calling upon a seemingly inexhaustible fund of ideas gleaned from historical musicology, analytic philosophy, literary theory, historiography and theories of modernism and postmodernism. He develops the critical views of both supporters and detractors of the movement, while claiming ultimately that it has more intellectual and artistic potential than its detractors may have assumed. He also asks whether the phenomenon of historically informed performance reflects changes in the culture of western music and how it, in turn, may have influenced that culture, particularly in regard to such issues as the status of the composer, the work, intentionality and notation.

'Playing with History carries with it the strength of a seminal work.' Classical Music 'Few are better qualified than Butt to tackle this subject. His book is stimulating, thought provoking, rounded and readable ... music students of all denominations should be encouraged to red this thorough yet economical discussion of these important contemporary issues.' The Strad

List of abbreviations
Historically Informed Performance in Music Criticism
Joining the historical performance debate
Historically Informed Performance and the Implications for Work, Composer and Notation
Historical performance and 'truth to the work': history and the subversion of Platonism
Historical performance and 'truth to the composer': rehabilitating intention
Negotiating between work, composer and performer: rewriting the story of notational progress
Historically Informed Performance within the Culture of the Late Twentieth Century
Historical performance at the crossroads of modernism and postmodernism
'A reactionary wolf in countercultural sheep's clothing?' - historical performance, the heritage Industry and the politics of revival
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ISBN: 9780521013581
ISBN-10: 0521013585
Series: Musical Performance and Reception
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 13th August 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.3  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.4