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Classical and Romantic Performing Practice 1750-1900

Clive Brown


Despite the continuing interest in historically informed vocal and instrumental performance practice, the relationship between a composer's notation and the sounds it was intended to elicit remains problematic. Early recordings reveal a strikingly different sound and style from modern practice, and written sources indicate that earlier practice was even more radically different. This book looks beyond modern responses to the notation in an attempt to understand how Classical and Romantic composers may have expected to hear their music realized in performance. Theories of accentuation and their ... More

Keywords: performance practice, accents, dynamics, articulation, phrasing, string bowing, tempo, ornamentation, vibrato, portamento

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198161653
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198161653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clive Brown, author
University of Leeds