The Cambridge History of Musical Performance

The Cambridge History of Musical Performance

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Cambridge University Press, 2/16/2012
EAN 9780521896115, ISBN10: 0521896118

Hardcover, 932 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 4.6 cm
Language: English

The intricacies and challenges of musical performance have recently attracted the attention of writers and scholars to a greater extent than ever before. Research into the performer's experience has begun to explore such areas as practice techniques, performance anxiety and memorisation, as well as many other professional issues. Historical performance practice has been the subject of lively debate way beyond academic circles, mirroring its high profile in the recording studio and the concert hall. Reflecting the strong ongoing interest in the role of performers and performance, this History brings together research from leading scholars and historians and, importantly, features contributions from accomplished performers, whose practical experiences give the volume a unique vitality. Moving the focus away from the composers and onto the musicians responsible for bringing the music to life, this History presents a fresh, integrated and innovative perspective on performance history and practice, from the earliest times to today.

Preface Colin Lawson and Robin Stowell
Part I. Performance Through History
1. Performance today Nicholas Kenyon
2. Political process, social structure, and musical performance in Europe since 1450 William Weber
3. The evidence Robin Stowell
4. The performer and the composer Corey Jamason
5. The teaching of performance Natasha Loges and Colin Lawson
6. Music and musical performance
histories in disjunction? David Wright
Part II. Pre-Renaissance Performance
7. The ancient world Eleonora Rocconi
8. Performance before c.1430
an overview John Haines
9. Vocal performance before c.1430 Jeremy Summerly
10. Instrumental performance before c.1430 Stefano Mengozzi
11. Case study
Guillaume de Machaut
ballade 34, 'Quant Theseus/Ne quier veoir' John Haines
Part III. Performance in the Renaissance (c.1430–1600)
12. Performance in the Renaissance
an overview Jon Banks
13. Vocal performance in the Renaissance Timothy McGee
14. Instrumental performance in the Renaissance Keith Polk
15. Case study
Seville cathedral's music in performance 1549–1599 Owen Rees
Part IV. Performance in the Seventeenth Century
16. Performance in the seventeenth century
an overview Tim Carter
17. Vocal performance in the seventeenth century Richard Wistreich
18. Instrumental performance in the seventeenth century David Ponsford
19. Case study
Monteverdi's Mass and Vespers (1610) Jonathan Wainwright
Part V. Performance in the 'Long Eighteenth Century'
20. Performance in the 'long eighteenth century'
an overview Simon McVeigh
21. Vocal performance in 'the long eighteenth century' John Potter
22. Instrumental performance in 'the long eighteenth century' Peter Walls
23. Case study
Symphonies in E flat major K543, G minor K550 and C major K551 Colin Lawson
Part VI. Performance in the Nineteenth Century
24. Performance in the nineteenth century
an overview Michael Musgrave
25. Vocal performance in the nineteenth century Will Crutchfield
26. Instrumental performance in the nineteenth century Ian Pace
27. Case study
Richard Wagner
Tristan und Isolde Robin Stowell
Part VII. The Twentieth Century and Beyond
28. Musical performance in the twentieth century
an overview Stephen Cottrell
29. Vocal performance in the twentieth century and beyond Jane Manning and Anthony Payne
30. Instrumental performance in the twentieth century and beyond Roger Heaton
31. Case study
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Gruppen für drei Orchester William Mival
32. The future? Colin Lawson and Robin Stowell

'It provides a glorious, grandstand view of the institutions, and the social and technological forces, that have generated decisive changes in performance.' BBC Music Magazine