Baroque Music Today: Music As Speech : Ways to a New Understanding of Music

4,32 valoración promedio
( 34 valoraciones por Goodreads )
 
9780931340918: Baroque Music Today: Music As Speech : Ways to a New Understanding of Music

For performers and audiences to understand music of earlier times, they must learn to comprehend the languages and messages of the past. In these essays, Nikolaus Harnoncourt summarizes his views arising from years devoted to the performance of early music, discussing some of the problems of historical interpretation. His objective is to use our knowledge of historical performance practice to arrive at a modern interpretation of the masterworks of the past. In this way today's performer and listener may discover the full spectrum of what musical speech was intended to communicate.

"Sinopsis" puede pertenecer a otra edición de este libro.

Review:

Love him or hate him, call him a pioneering genius or dusty and mannered, Nikolaus Harnoncourt deserves a lot of credit. Not only did he lead the period-instrument movement into its first major successes (both artistic and commercial) but his ideas about how to play Baroque- and Classical-era music (and why to play it that way) have had enormous influence even on conventional symphony orchestras and their conductors. This volume is a collection of essays and lectures Harnoncourt has given over the years laying out those very ideas. The title, Baroque Music Today, is something of a misnomer at this point: the latest essay in the book dates from 1980, and the second essay, "The Interpretation of Historical Music," is effectively the founding mission statement (from 1954) of Harnoncourt's period-instrument orchestra, the Concentus Musicus of Vienna. While the occasional observation seems dated or debatable, and certain points are repeated from chapter to chapter (the chapters were originally separate lectures), most of what Harnoncourt has to say remains both instructive and persuasive.

The second half of the book contains interesting discussions of particular Baroque-era instruments, national styles (French, Italian, German, English), and composers (Bach, Mozart). Harnoncourt manages to cover many technical details without ever moving beyond the ken of an interested layperson. The real heart of the book, however, is the first half, in which the author convincingly lays out the numerous misconceptions under which Baroque- and Classical-era music was generally played in the mid-20th-century ("The prevailing misconception that notational symbols and indications of affect, tempo and dynamics have always meant what they do today is disastrous"); how these misconceptions first took hold ("After the French Revolution, music got an ideological aspect--specifically, it was meant to be egalitarian. The idea of rhetoric disappeared; verbal elements were replaced with pictorial. That's how the sostenuto, the long sweeping legato melodic line, came into common use"); and the aesthetic approach he feels is crucial to performing--and hearing--Baroque music ("I like to say that music prior to 1800 speaks, while subsequent music paints. The former must be understood, since anything which is spoken presupposes understanding, while the latter ... should be felt"). Whether you agree or disagree with the premises of the historically informed performance movement (or just want to know what those premises are), you'll find them stated clearly and eloquently here. --Matthew Westphal

Language Notes:

Text: English, German (translation)

"Sobre este título" puede pertenecer a otra edición de este libro.

Los mejores resultados en AbeBooks

1.

Harnoncourt, Nikolaus
Editorial: Amadeus Pr (1995)
ISBN 10: 0931340918 ISBN 13: 9780931340918
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: 2
Librería
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Amadeus Pr, 1995. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110931340918

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 102,69
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 1,69
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

2.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Editorial: Amadeus Pr (1995)
ISBN 10: 0931340918 ISBN 13: 9780931340918
Nuevos Paperback Primera edición Cantidad: 1
Librería
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Amadeus Pr, 1995. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0931340918

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 235,97
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: GRATIS
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

3.

Harnoncourt, Nikolaus
Editorial: Amadeus Pr
ISBN 10: 0931340918 ISBN 13: 9780931340918
Nuevos PAPERBACK Cantidad: 1
Librería
BennettBooksLtd
(Covington, KY, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Amadeus Pr. PAPERBACK. Estado de conservación: New. 0931340918 New. Looks like an interesting title, learn more! We provide domestic tracking upon request. We provide personalized customer service and want you to have a great experience purchasing from us. 100% satisfaction guaranteed and thank you for your consideration. Nº de ref. de la librería S-0931340918

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 353,35
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 4,20
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío