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Piano Interpretations of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: A Study of Theory and Practice Using Original Documents
     

Piano Interpretations of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: A Study of Theory and Practice Using Original Documents

by Elena Letnanova
 

How should one interpret music of another century? What standards should be applied to an eighteenth century harpsichord work, for instance, being performed on a piano? Keyboard "methods"—systematic approaches to training, touch, and interpretation—did not evolve until the nineteenth century, and written methodologies are few.

Drawing on primary

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How should one interpret music of another century? What standards should be applied to an eighteenth century harpsichord work, for instance, being performed on a piano? Keyboard "methods"—systematic approaches to training, touch, and interpretation—did not evolve until the nineteenth century, and written methodologies are few.

Drawing on primary sources, the author has compiled a detailed analysis of such keyboard "methods" as existed in Europe in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Most were developed by Couperin, C.P.E. Bach, Turk, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Liszt. Also discussed, with translations from their writings and their critics', are the detailed theoretical works by Kullak and Lussy.

Analysis shows which techniques had been adapted from earlier practice and which were original to the composer, demonstrating the evolution of the various methods. Techniques useful in the interpretation of period material, and which still have important applications today, are pointed out.

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discusses chronologically various treatises and schools
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A late 20th-century pianist preparing to perform an 18th-century harpsichord piece might be aware that current theories of interpretation were developed in the late 19th century, and wonder if that approach accurately conveys the composer's intention. Here are translations of the ideas on the subject by Couperin, C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, and others, along with commentary. Of interest to music historians as well as to performers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899506166
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1991
Pages:
196

Meet the Author

Elena Letnanová has written three books and more than 100 articles. A pianist and professor at Slovak University of Technology, she lives in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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