Performance Practices In Classic Piano Music

Performance Practices In Classic Piano Music

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Performance Practices In Classic Piano Music

Performance today on either the pianoforte or the fortepiano can be at once joyful, musicianly, expressive, and historically informed. From this point of view, Sandra P. Rosenblum examines the principles of performing the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and their contemporaries as revealed in a variety of historical sources: their autographs and letters, early editions of their music, original instruments, and contemporary tutors and journals. She applies these findings to such elements of performance as dynamics, accentuation, pedaling, articulation and touch, technique and fingering, ornaments and embellishments, choice of tempo, and tempo flexibility.

Familiarity with the Classic conventions provides a framework for interpretation and an understanding of the choices available within the style, the amount of freedom a performer has, and which areas are ambiguous. Rosenblum’s detailed study, copiously illustrated with musical examples, is invaluable for professional and amateur performers, serious piano students and their teachers and students of performance practices by Scarlatti and Clementi.

"... is and will remain unsurpassed as the study dealing with performance practice as it pertains to keyboard music of the Classical period." —American Music Teacher

"Rosenblum’s monumental achievement is thorough, objective, balanced, and imaginative, a compelling blend of love and respect for the solo, chamber, and concerto literature she addresses." —Journal of Musicological Research

"The extent and quality of her research, the depth of her perception, and her musicianship together break new ground in the study of historic performance practice." —Early Keyboard Journal

"Her attention to details is absolutely scrupulous; no stone unturned, no argument unquestioned or unstated." —The Musical Times

"Its importance to thoughtful musicians cannot be overstated." — Choice

"... thoroughly musicological." —Performance Practice Review

"... indispensable... " —New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253206800
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 11/01/1988
Series: Music: Scholarship and Performance Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.97(h) x 1.16(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Malcolm Bilson
Preface: About Performance Practices
Sources of Figures
Introduction: Using this Book

I. Background for the Study
II. The Fortepiano circa 1780-1820
III. Dynamics and Accentuation
IV. Use of the Pedals
V. Articulation and Touch
VI. Historical Technique and Fingering
VII. Ornaments
VIII. "Mixed Meters" and Dotted Rhythms
IX. Choice of Tempo
X. Flexibility of Rhythm and Tempo
XI. Performing Beethoven’s Bagatelle Op. 126, No. 5

Selected Bibliography

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