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Bartók's Viola ConcertoThe Remarkable Story of His Swansong$
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Donald Maurice

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156904

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156904.001.0001

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Performance Interpretation

Performance Interpretation

Focus on Tempi, Dynamics, Phrasing, and Articulation in the Solo Viola Part

(p.141) CHAPTER NINE Performance Interpretation
Bartók's Viola Concerto

Donald Maurice

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates those aspects of the interpretation of the Viola Concerto that are predominantly in the domain of the performer. The issues of tempi, dynamics, phrasing, and articulation in the solo part are brought to the fore, and comparisons are made with the performance practice of William Primrose and the differing opinions of the revisionists. The chapter brings attention to the clues left by the composer, both in the manuscript of this work and also in similar parallel passages in other works. As Bartók left almost no precise markings on any of the above aspects, there will always be scope for individual interpretation of his actual intentions. The chapter sets out some of the factors that performers would be well advised to consider when determining their various interpretive ideas.

Keywords:   performer, tempi, dynamics, phrasing, articulation, performance practice, William Primrose, interpretation

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