Reinventing Wheels

Bernard D. Sherman

in Inside Early Music

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195169454
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865017 | DOI:
Reinventing Wheels

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Joshua Rifkin’s career as conductor, harpsichordist and pianist has taken him from Antoine Busnoys to Johann Sebastian Bach, and Igor Stravinsky to Scott Joplin—with, along the way, the spoof The Baroque Beatles Book and some lovely instrumental arrangements for Judy Collins. The Bach Ensemble, which he founded in 1978, has recorded a number of Bach works and has toured throughout the United States and Europe; he has also appeared as guest conductor and keyboard soloist with many modern orchestras. Rifkin is also a scholar who has specialized in Renaissance and Baroque music, with particular emphasis on Josquin des Prez and Bach. This chapter presents an interview with Joshua Rifkin on more basic issues of historical performance, interpretation and inflection, technical perfection, and the concept of musical rhetoric.

Keywords: Joshua Rifkin; rhetoric; inflection; technical perfection; Johann Sebastian Bach; Scott Joplin; Josquin des Prez

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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