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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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Accentuation in Practice

Accentuation in Practice

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Classical and Romantic Performing Practice 1750-1900

Clive Brown

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the relationship between theory and practice in accentuation. It deals with the ways in which notation may imply accentuation where it is not explicitly indicated, for instance, in relation to slurs, dissonant or chromatic notes, high or low pitch, long notes, syncopation, beaming, final notes, and other factors, such as varying accentuation on the repetition of a figure. It also considers different types of accent and the ways in which they were executed. Agogic accent and related issues of ‘inequality’ are discussed with reference to the writings of Quantz, Mozart, Koch, Löhlein, Corri, Crelle, Spohr, García, Dommer, and Riemann. Charles de Bériot's instructions for different degrees of percussive accent are discussed.

Keywords:   accent, slurs, dissonance, chromatic, pitch, syncopation, beaming, agogic, inequality, percussive

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