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The Performance of Older Music

Heinrich Schenker

in The Art of Performance

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151510
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871582 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151510.003.0011
The Performance of Older Music

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This chapter contrasts the attitudes toward performance of late-romantic works of Schenker's own time with performance demands of older music and music by the great classical masters. Contrary to general belief, it is shown shows that the greatest expressiveness and freedom are essential in the performance of older music in which, for example, passage work is an intrinsic part of the expressive content. The lost art of improvising and realizing a continuo bass is mentioned along with a discussion of characteristics of individual composers' works.

Keywords: rhetorical performance; rhetorical rests; improvisation; elaboration of fermatas; cadenzas

Chapter.  1588 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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