Theory and Practice in Late Nineteenth-Century Violin Performance: An Examination of Style in Performance, 1850-1900

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Abstract

This title was first published in 2003. With most of western art music, it can be argued that music-making requires performers to interpret a composer's original, notated ideas. Often, an informed and perceptive reading of the score needs to be combined with the inspiration to convey the feelings and emotions intended by the composer. The difficulties inherent in such an undertaking are further heightened when the music was composed several generations ago. In this book, David Milsom argues that in order to convey late nineteenth-century musical style appropriately, the performer needs to have a grasp of the philosophical orientation of musical thinking at that time. In effect, one must 'unlearn' the value systems of the present, in order to assimilate those of the late nineteenth century. To arrive at a better understanding of performance in this period, the book examines performing style in the German and Franco-Belgian schools of violin playing from c.1850 - c.1900. Milsom explores selected instrumental treatises written by noted players and theorists, together with a number of recorded performances given by celebrated artists in the early years of the twentieth century, to review the similarities and differences between theory and practice. An accompanying CD illustrates this relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAldershot
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages288
Edition1st
ISBN (Print)0754607569, 9781138720800, 9780754607564
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge Revivals
PublisherRoutledge

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