The Performance of 16th-Century Music: Learning from the Theorists

The Performance of 16th-Century Music: Learning from the Theorists

by Anne Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199742626

ISBN-13: 9780199742622

Pub. Date: 03/30/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Most modern performers, trained on the performance practices of the Classical and Romantic periods, come to the music of the Renaissance with well-honed but anachronistic ideas. Fundamental differences between 16th-century repertoire and that of later epochs thus tend to be overlooked-yet it is just these differences which can make a performance truly stunning.

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Overview

Most modern performers, trained on the performance practices of the Classical and Romantic periods, come to the music of the Renaissance with well-honed but anachronistic ideas. Fundamental differences between 16th-century repertoire and that of later epochs thus tend to be overlooked-yet it is just these differences which can make a performance truly stunning.

The Performance of 16th-Century Music will enable the performer to better understand this music and advance their technical and expressive abilities. Early music specialist Anne Smith outlines several major areas of technical knowledge and skill needed to perform the music of this period. She takes readers through the significance of part-book notation; solmization; rhythmic flexibility; and elements of structure in relation to rhetoric of the time; while familiarizing them with contemporary criteria and standards of excellence for performance. Through The Performance of 16th-Century Music, today's musicians will gain fundamental insight into how 16th-century polyphony functions, and the tools necessary to perform this repertoire to its fullest, most glorious potential.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199742622
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/30/2011
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

About the Companion Web Site
Preface
I. Introduction
II. Part-Book vs. Score Culture
III. Solmization
IV. Metric Hierarchy, Articulation, and Rhythmic Flexibility
V. Cadences
VI. Mode
VII. The Rhetoric of Counterpoint
VIII. What Skills were Expected of Professional Musicians?
IX. Score Culture
X. Conclusion
Appendix: Modal Characteristics
Bibliography
Index

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