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

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Overview

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: 9/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,419,690
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 6.12 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

University of California, Berkeley
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Table of Contents

Author's Note
Introduction: Last Thoughts First 3
1 On Letting the Music Speak for Itself 51
2 The Limits of Authenticity: A Contribution 67
3 Down with the Fence 83
4 The Pastness of the Present and the Presence of the Past 90
5 What - or Where - Is the Original? 155
6 The Modern Sound of Early Music 164
7 Tradition and Authority 173
Beethoven
8 The New Antiquity 202
9 Resisting the Ninth 235
Mozart
10 An Icon for Our Time 263
11 A Mozart Wholly Ours 273
12 Old (New) Instruments, New (Old) Tempos 292
Bach
13 Backslide or Harbinger? 298
14 Facing up, Finally, to Bach's Dark Vision 307
15 The Crooked Straight and the Rough Places Plain 316
Antiquarian Innocence
16 Report from Lincoln Center: The International Josquin Festival-Conference, 21-25 June 1971 322
17 The Price of Literacy, or, Why We Need Musicology 344
18 High, Sweet, and Loud 347
19 Text and Act 353
Full Circle
20 Stravinsky Lite (Even "The Rite") 360
Index 369
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