9780521627382

The Historical Performance of Music: An Introduction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521627382

  • ISBN10:

    0521627389

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-11-13
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

This volume offers an up-to-date overview of historical performance, surveying the various current issues (such as the influence of recording) and suggesting possible future developments. Its core comprises discussion of the period performer's myriad primary source materials and their interpretation, the various aspects of style and general technique that combine to make up a well-grounded, period interpretation, and a survey of performance conditions and practices, focusing on the period c. 1700-c. 1900. Many of the principles outlined are illustrated in case studies of works by Bach, Mozart, Berlioz and Brahms.

Table of Contents

List of figures
ix
Preface xi
Music as history
1(16)
Introduction
1(2)
The nature and development of historical awareness
3(1)
Influential reworkings of Bach and Handel
4(2)
Historical considerations
6(2)
The pioneers: individuals and institutions
8(1)
The role of musical expression
9(2)
Arguments pro and con
11(1)
Post-war philosophies
12(1)
Period Mozart and beyond
13(2)
The current scene
15(2)
The application of primary sources
17(25)
Surviving instruments
18(1)
Iconographical sources
19(2)
Historical archives
21(1)
Literary sources
21(1)
Practical treatises - uses and limitations
22(3)
Practical treatises - a summary
25(2)
Theoretical treatises
27(1)
The importance of communication
28(5)
The role of editions
33(6)
Musical taste
39(3)
Changes in musical style
42(41)
National idioms
42(5)
Articulation
47(6)
Melodic inflection
53(2)
Accentuation
55(3)
Tempo
58(6)
Rhythmic alteration
64(3)
Ornamentation
67(3)
Extempore embellishment
70(5)
Improvisation
75(4)
Continuo accompaniment
79(4)
Conditions and practices
83(16)
Introduction
83(1)
Pitch
84(3)
Temperament
87(2)
Vocal practices
89(3)
Venues and programmes
92(1)
Orchestral constitution and placement
93(4)
Direction
97(1)
Nineteenth-century changes
98(1)
Case studies in ensemble music
99(52)
J. S. Bach: St Matthew Passion BWV 224
99(10)
W. A. Mozart: Serenade for 13 instruments K361
109(15)
Berlioz: Episode de la vie d'un Artiste, Symphonie Fantastique en cinq parties Op. 14
124(13)
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 73
137(14)
The continuing debate
151(10)
Introduction
151(1)
The social position of historical music
151(2)
A snapshot from 1983
153(1)
Authenticity and Early Music
154(2)
The 1990s
156(4)
The future?
160(1)
Notes 161(38)
Select bibliography 199(10)
Index 209

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