Score and Performance, Performance and Film

Lawrence Kramer

in Why Classical Music Still Matters

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780520250826
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933644 | DOI:
Score and Performance, Performance and Film

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This chapter deals with score and its performance. The performance of a score makes the fate of melody an event to be discovered and explored, not just to be observed. Performers know it, so do their listeners. Performance is not supposed to affect the identity of a composition. One can recognize a work of music whenever he encounters the notes as written in the score. One can hear it as something separate when it is transcribed, arranged, or adapted. It is heard as intact regardless of historical changes in instrument design, performance practice, sound recording, and the understanding of what fidelity to the score involves. The qualities of the work are supposed to be distinct from those of its performances. A particular performance may be boring, mediocre, exciting, revealing, transfiguring, and so on, but the music remains aloof.

Keywords: score; performance; notes; composition; classical

Chapter.  12005 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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