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Playing with History: The Historical Approach to Musical Performance - Musical Performance and Reception (Hardback)
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Playing with History: The Historical Approach to Musical Performance - Musical Performance and Reception (Hardback)

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Hardback 282 Pages / Published: 30/05/2002
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Why do we feel the need to perform music in a historically informed style? Is this need related to wider cultural concerns? In this 2002 study, John Butt sums up debates on the nature of the early music movement and historically informed performance, calling upon a seemingly inexhaustible fund of ideas gleaned from historical musicology, analytic philosophy, literary theory, historiography and theories of modernism and postmodernism. He develops the critical views of both supporters and detractors of the movement, while claiming ultimately that it has more intellectual and artistic potential than its detractors may have assumed. He also asks whether the phenomenon of historically informed performance reflects changes in the culture of western music and how it, in turn, may have influenced that culture, particularly in regard to such issues as the status of the composer, the work, intentionality and notation.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521813525
Number of pages: 282
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Playing with History carries with it the strength of a seminal work.' Classical Music
'Few are better qualified than Butt to tackle this subject. His book is stimulating, thought provoking, rounded and readable ... music students of all denominations should be encouraged to red this thorough yet economical discussion of these important contemporary issues.' The Strad
"The author's purview comprehends philosophy, literature, and architecture, and the whole is clear and nonpolemical. Highly recommended." Choice

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