Playing with History: The Historical Approach to Musical Performance / Edition 1

Playing with History: The Historical Approach to Musical Performance / Edition 1

by John Butt, Butt John
     
 

Why do we feel the need to perform music in an historically informed style, and is this need related to wider cultural concerns? In the most ambitious study of the topic to date, John Butt sums up recent debates on the nature of the early music movement and historically informed performance, calling upon a seemingly inexhaustible fund of ideas gleaned from historical… See more details below

Overview

Why do we feel the need to perform music in an historically informed style, and is this need related to wider cultural concerns? In the most ambitious study of the topic to date, John Butt sums up recent debates on the nature of the early music movement and historically informed performance, calling upon a seemingly inexhaustible fund of ideas gleaned from historical musicology, analytic philosophy, literary theory, historiography and theories of modernism and postmodernism. He develops the critical views of both supporters and detractors of the movement, while claiming ultimately that it has more intellectual and artistic potential than its detractors may have assumed. He also asks whether the phenomenon of historically informed performance reflects changes in the culture of western music and how it, in turn, may have influenced that culture, particularly in regard to such issues as the status of the composer, the work, intentionality and notation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521013581
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Series:
Musical Performance and Reception Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

John Butt is the Gardiner Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow, having previously been a lecturer in music at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of King's College. He is the author of Bach Interpretation (1990), Bach: Mass in B Minor (1991), Music Education and the Art of Performance in the German Baroque (1994) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Bach (1997), all published by Cambridge University Press. He is also a highly acclaimed harpsichordist and organist and has recorded 10 CDs for Harmonia Mundi, France.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Pt. 1Historically Informed Performance in Music Criticism
1Joining the historical performance debate3
Pt. 2Historically Informed Performance and the Implications for Work, Composer and Notation
2Historical performance and 'truth to the work': history and the subversion of Platonism53
3Historical performance and 'truth to the composer': rehabilitating intention74
4Negotiating between work, composer and performer: rewriting the story of notational progress96
Pt. 3Historically Informed Performance within the Culture of the Late Twentieth Century
5Historical performance at the crossroads of modernism and postmodernism125
6'A reactionary wolf in countercultural sheep's clothing?' - historical performance, the heritage industry and the politics of revival165
Notes218
Bibliography243
Index253

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