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Mendelssohn in Performance (Hardback)
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Mendelssohn in Performance (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 25/09/2008
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Exploring many aspects of Felix Mendelssohn's multi-faceted career as musician and how it intersects with his work as composer, contributors discuss practical issues of music making such as performance space, instruments, tempo markings, dynamics, phrasings, articulations, fingerings, and instrument techniques. They present the conceptual and ideological underpinnings of Mendelssohn's approach to performance, interpretation, and composing through the contextualization of specific performance events and through the theoretic actualization of performances of specific works. Contributors rely on manuscripts, marked or edited scores, and performance parts to convey a deeper understanding of musical expression in 19th-century Germany. This study of Mendelssohn's work as conductor, pianist, organist, violist, accompanist, music director, and editor of old and new music offers valuable perspectives on 19th-century performance practice issues.

Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253351999
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This book does a superb job of explaining the 19th-century sound environment of Felix Mendelssohn and his audiences. Reichwald (Converse College) and his fellow contributors put forward the premise that knowing this historical world is critical for the modern performer. The relevant issues are many and complex, including, for example, the original concert venues, the circumstances of performance, the instruments available, the 19th-century public's expectations, and the meaning of Mendelssohn's notation. Suggesting solutions for the modern performer, the essays explore a variety of circumstances and problems: the smaller piano and its contemporary piano technique, organs available to Mendelssohn, violin technique, Mendelssohn's orchestral forces (about 45 to 50), performing venues (the home stage for theater events, the public stage for music/dramatic readings, and massive quasi-religious settings for Handel's works). The book also includes essays on Mendelssohn's scores (the interpretation of hairpins, abbreviations, metronome markings, tempo indications) and on the significance of contemporary text translations, some sanctioned by the multilingual Mendelssohn, some not (surprisingly, translations to German for works not originally written in that language are especially suspect). With this arsenal of knowledge, a performer can create an informed 21st-century rendition of a Mendelssohn work. Summing Up: Essential. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, professionals. --CHOICE

-- C. Cai, emerita, Kenyon College

"Mendelssohn in Performance... should be on the shelf of every performer, scholar and devotee of Mendelssohn's music. July 2010, Vol. 7.1"

* Nineteenth Century Music Review *

"[Reichwald] has produced an exceptionally valuable, eminently useful, and very readable book. Any performer wishing to execute an historically informed performance of Mendelssohn's music-or of any other early-nineteenth-century Austro-German composer for that matter-would be well advised to study it thoroughly.29.1 2010"

* Journal of Musicological Research *

"This book does a superb job of explaining the 19th-century sound environment of Felix Mendelssohn and his audiences.... Essential.July 2009"

* Choice *

"[T]his book has something for everyone interested in Felix Mendelssohn: history, culture, reception, orchestras and instruments, editions and texts, Mendelssohn's sense of historicism, his performances of other composers, performances of his music in his time and later, and even modern films that use his music.14.1 2009"

* Performance Practice Review *

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