Overview

Heinrich Schenker's The Art of Performance shows this great music theorist in a new light. While his theoretical writings helped transform music theory in the twentieth century, this book draws on his experience as a musician and teacher to propose a sharp reevaluation of how musical compositions are realized in performance. Filled with concrete examples and numerous suggestions, the book will interest both music theorists and practicing performers.
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The Art of Performance

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Overview

Heinrich Schenker's The Art of Performance shows this great music theorist in a new light. While his theoretical writings helped transform music theory in the twentieth century, this book draws on his experience as a musician and teacher to propose a sharp reevaluation of how musical compositions are realized in performance. Filled with concrete examples and numerous suggestions, the book will interest both music theorists and practicing performers.
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Editorial Reviews

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"We are most fortunate that Oxford University Press has published Heribert Esser's edition of The Art of Performance in a lucid translation by Irene Schreier Scott. This book is a first-hand account of what Schenker taught: it permits us to eavesdrop on his lessons, so to speak, putting us in the position of one of his student...[T]he book is an outstanding achievement."—Music Theory Spectrum

"This brief work is the most illuminating guide to performance and interpretation I have read." —Richard Goode, pianist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198028581
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/23/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Heribert Esser has had a long and distinguished career as a conductor. He was music director of the Braunschweig State Theater and has been a guest conductor on every continent, conducting a wide repertoire of symphonic music as well as opera.
Irene Schreier is a pianist who has performed widely in Europe, Israel, and the Americas. She is Artist-Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
Editor's Introduction
Sources and Editorial Procedure
Plates
1 Musical Composition and Performance 3
2 Mode of Notation and Performance 5
3 The Technique of Playing the Piano 7
4 Non Legato 19
5 Legato 21
6 Staccato 31
7 Fingering 33
8 Dynamics 39
9 Tempo and Tempo Modifications 53
10 Rests 65
11 The Performance of Older Music 69
12 On Practicing 75
App. A On the Technique of the Piano in Particular 81
App. B On the Degeneracy of the Virtuoso 83
Notes 85
Selected Bibliography with Annotations 95
Index of Musical Examples 99
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