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Classical and Romantic Performing Practice 1750-1900$
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Clive Brown

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198161653

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198161653.001.0001

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Embellishment, Ornamentation, and Improvisation

Embellishment, Ornamentation, and Improvisation

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Classical and Romantic Performing Practice 1750-1900

Clive Brown

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines a variety of types of embellishment — from rhythmic flexibility through the ornamental use of vibrato and portamento — and the arbitrary addition of appoggiaturas, trills, turns, and other small ornaments to elaborate fiorituras. It traces the range of approaches and the use of different types in specific repertoires at specific times. The relationship of such practices with a freer approach to notation in general is considered. Evidence is drawn from treatises, editions, critical writings, and early recordings by Patti, Moreschi, and Joachim.

Keywords:   embellishment, ornament, fioritura, appoggiatura, trill, turn, vibrato, portamento

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