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The Historical Performance of Music : An Introduction - Colin Lawson

The Historical Performance of Music

An Introduction

Paperback Published: 11th November 1999
ISBN: 9780521627382
Number Of Pages: 234

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Offering students and performers a concise overview of historical performance, this 1999 book takes into account the many significant developments in the discipline.

It addresses practical matters rather than philosophical issues and guides readers towards further investigation and interpretation of the evidence provided, not only in the various early instrumental and vocal treatises, but also in examples from the mainstream repertory.

Designed as a parent volume for the series Cambridge Handbooks to the Historical Performance of Music, this book provides an historical basis for artistic decision-making which has as its goal the re-creation of performances as close as possible to the composer's original conception. It relates many of the issues discussed to major works by Bach, Mozart, Berlioz and Brahms, composed c.1700-c.1900, the core period which forms the principal (though not exclusive) focus for the whole series.

' ... offers a wealth of wisdom ... I hope it may open windows in many minds.' The Musical Times 'It introduces ideas, concerns and approaches which will be new to many readers and practitioners, and it wil without doubt be invaluable to students.' Early Music Today '... offer many stimulating asides and tantalising titbits, particularly when dealing with such controversial areas as the links between rhetorical theory and music; tast; rhythmic freedom; ornamentation and improvisation. Throughout ... their arguments are short, and sharp enough to whet the appetite, and he thirsty reader will surely want to go in search of more.' BBC Music Magazine

List of figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Music as historyp. 1
Introductionp. 1
The nature and development of historical awarenessp. 3
Influential reworkings of Bach and Handelp. 4
Historical considerationsp. 6
The pioneers: individuals and institutionsp. 8
The role of musical expressionp. 9
Arguments pro and conp. 11
Post-war philosophiesp. 12
Period Mozart and beyondp. 13
The current scenep. 15
The application of primary sourcesp. 17
Surviving instrumentsp. 18
Iconographical sourcesp. 19
Historical archivesp. 21
Literary sourcesp. 21
Practical treatises -- uses and limitationsp. 22
Practical treatises -- a summaryp. 25
Theoretical treatisesp. 27
The importance of communicationp. 28
The role of editionsp. 33
Musical tastep. 39
Changes in musical stylep. 42
National idiomsp. 42
Articulationp. 47
Melodic inflectionp. 53
Accentuationp. 55
Tempop. 58
Rhythmic alterationp. 64
Ornamentationp. 67
Extempore embellishmentp. 70
Improvisationp. 75
Continuo accompanimentp. 79
Conditions and practicesp. 83
Introductionp. 83
Pitchp. 84
Temperamentp. 87
Vocal practicesp. 89
Venues and programmesp. 92
Orchestral constitution and placementp. 93
Directionp. 97
Nineteenth-century changesp. 98
Case studies in ensemble musicp. 99
St Matthew Passion BWV 244p. 99
Serenade for 13 instruments K361p. 109
Berlioz: Episode de la vie d'un Artiste, Symphonie Fantastique en cinq parties Op. 14p. 124
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 73p. 137
The continuing debatep. 151
Introductionp. 151
The social position of historical musicp. 151
A snapshot from 1983p. 153
Authenticity and Early Musicp. 154
The 1990sp. 156
The future?p. 160
Notesp. 161
Select bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 209
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ISBN: 9780521627382
ISBN-10: 0521627389
Series: Cambridge Handbooks to the Historical Performance of Music
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 11th November 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.35