Musical Composition and Performance

Heinrich Schenker

in The Art of Performance

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151510
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871582 | DOI:
Musical Composition and Performance

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This chapter shows that a performer can only do justice to a musical work by thoroughly understanding it through the compositional laws. With such understanding, a performance can become a true “re-creation”. Without it, the piece of music is distorted and sacrificed to the whim of the performer. This is unjust to the public, which can only be led to the music through an authentic rendition.

Keywords: conceptual integrity; re-creation; laws of composition; authentic rendition

Chapter.  668 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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