Text and Act: Essays on Music and Performance / Edition 1

Text and Act: Essays on Music and Performance / Edition 1

by Richard F. Taruskin
     
 

Over the last dozen years, the writings of Richard Taruskin have transformed the debate about "early music" and "authenticity." Text and Act collects for the first time the most important of Taruskin's essays and reviews from this period, many of which now classics in the field. Taking a wide-ranging cultural view of the phenomenon, he shows

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Over the last dozen years, the writings of Richard Taruskin have transformed the debate about "early music" and "authenticity." Text and Act collects for the first time the most important of Taruskin's essays and reviews from this period, many of which now classics in the field. Taking a wide-ranging cultural view of the phenomenon, he shows that the movement, far from reviving ancient traditions, in fact represents the only truly modern style of performance being offered today. He goes on to contend that the movement is therefore far more valuable and even authentic than the historical verisimilitude for which it ostensibly strives could ever be. These essays cast fresh light on many aspects of contemporary music-making and music-thinking, mixing lighthearted debunking with impassioned argumentation. Taruskin ranges from theoretical speculation to practical criticism, and covers a repertory spanning from Bach to Stravinsky. Including a newly written introduction, Text and Act collects the very best of one of our most incisive musical thinkers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195094589
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
1,456,683
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 6.12(h) x 1.01(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Introduction: Last Thoughts First3
1On Letting the Music Speak for Itself51
2The Limits of Authenticity: A Contribution67
3Down with the Fence83
4The Pastness of the Present and the Presence of the Past90
5What - or Where - Is the Original?155
6The Modern Sound of Early Music164
7Tradition and Authority173
Beethoven
8The New Antiquity202
9Resisting the Ninth235
Mozart
10An Icon for Our Time263
11A Mozart Wholly Ours273
12Old (New) Instruments, New (Old) Tempos292
Bach
13Backslide or Harbinger?298
14Facing up, Finally, to Bach's Dark Vision307
15The Crooked Straight and the Rough Places Plain316
Antiquarian Innocence
16Report from Lincoln Center: The International Josquin Festival-Conference, 21-25 June 1971322
17The Price of Literacy, or, Why We Need Musicology344
18High, Sweet, and Loud347
19Text and Act353
Full Circle
20Stravinsky Lite (Even "The Rite")360
Index369

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