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The historical performance of music : an introduction

Author: Colin Lawson; Robin Stowell
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York NY ; Oakleigh, Melbourne : Cambridge University Press, [1999] ©1999.
Series: Cambridge handbooks to the historical performance of music.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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This text offers a concise overview of historical performance, taking into account the many significant developments that have taken place in the discipline, particularly in the 1990s. It addresses practical matters rather than philosophical issues.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Johann Sebastian Bach; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Hector Berlioz; Hector Berlioz; Johannes Brahms
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Lawson; Robin Stowell
ISBN: 0521621933 9780521621939 0521627389 9780521627382
OCLC Number: 40268274
Description: xiii, 219 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Contents: Music as history. Introduction ; The nature and development of historical awareness ; Influential reworkings of Bach and Handel ; Historical considerations ; The pioneers : individuals and institutions ; The role of musical expression ; Arguments pro and con ; Post-war philosophies ; Period Mozart and beyond ; The current scene --
The application of primary sources. Surviving instruments ; Iconographical sources ; Historical archives ; Literary sources ; Practical treatises - uses and limitations ; Practical treatises - a summary ; Theoretical treatises ; The importance of communication ; The role of editions ; Musical taste --
Changes in musical style. National idioms ; Articulation ; Melodic inflection ; Accentuation ; Tempo ; Rhythmic alteration ; Ornamentation ; Extempore embellishment ; Improvisation ; Continuo accompaniment --
Conditions and practices. Introduction ; Pitch ; Temperament ; Vocal practices ; Venues and programmes ; Orchestral constitution and placement ; Direction ; Nineteenth-century changes --
Case studies in ensemble music. J.S. Bach : St Matthew passion BWV 244 ; W.A. Mozart : Serenade for 13 instruments K361 ; Berlioz : Episolde de la vie d'un artiste, Symphonie fantastique en cinq parties op. 14 ; Brahms : Symphony no. 2 in D major op. 73 --
The continuing debate. Introduction ; The social position of historical music ; A snapshot from 1983 ; Authenticity and early music ; The 1990s ; The future?
Series Title: Cambridge handbooks to the historical performance of music.
Responsibility: Colin Lawson and Robin Stowell.
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