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Introduction

William Kinderman

in Mozart's Piano Music

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780195100679
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868315 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195100679.003.0001
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This introductory chapter explores the historical and aesthetic context of Mozart's seminal contributions to the piano literature, with attention given to the evolution of keyboard instruments and relative assets of the fortepiano and modern piano, questions of stylistic influence, issues of aesthetic autonomy, and Mozart's own devotion to the cultivation of “taste and sensitivity” (“Geschmack und Empfindung”). The desirable balance in Mozart interpretation between freedom and determination, or subjective expression and objective structure, is probed. A goal is outlined whereby analytic description of the music can remain relevant to issues of practical performance.

Keywords: fortepiano; piano; taste; sensitivity; Geschmack; Empfindung; aesthetic autonomy; musical analysis; subjective expression

Chapter.  7176 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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