Choral Performance: A Guide to Historical Practice / Edition 1

Choral Performance: A Guide to Historical Practice / Edition 1

by Steven E. Plank
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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Choral Performance: A Guide to Historical Practice / Edition 1

This guide presents a detailed discussion of various aspects of historical performance practice, especially as they relate to liturgical polyphony of the Renaissance. The author considers such issues as timbre, tempo, and rhythm, the makeup of the ensemble, articulation, ornamentation, pitch and tuning, and interpretive goals—issues in which pre-modern choral technique and modern practice have often distinctively diverged. Musicological and performance perspectives are both drawn upon to address these issues in a manner that is both documentary as well as practical. This study will be of interest to musicians who specialize in early music, but it is also particularly addressed to conductors and singers who come to early music from the mainstream and perform it in that context. Mainstream choral conductors faced with the need to develop expression in multiple styles across a broad repertory will come to find the interpretation of historical style a congenial ally.

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ISBN-13: 9780810851412
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 1 Introduction Chapter 3 2 "It's on Account of the Sound It Is" Chapter 4 3 The Ensemble Chapter 5 4 What Pitches Shall We Sing? Chapter 6 5 Rhythm, Tempo, and the Conductor's Gesture Chapter 7 6 Articulation, Ornamentation, and Interpretation Chapter 8 7 Putting Things into Practice Chapter 9 8 So What? Part 10 Bibliography Part 11 Index Part 12 About the Author

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