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"The Cambridge Companion To Percussion," Edited By Russell Hartenberger, John Michael Cooper Mar 2018

"The Cambridge Companion To Percussion," Edited By Russell Hartenberger, John Michael Cooper

Performance Practice Review

Book Review: Hartenberger, Russell, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Percussion. Cambridge Companions to Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. ISBN 978-1-107-09345-4.

John Michael Cooper discusses this 2016 work published by Cambridge University Press and edited by Russell Hartenberger.


Not Set In Stone: Mikhail Pletnev's Rewrite Of Scriabin's Piano Concerto, Anatole Leikin Mar 2018

Not Set In Stone: Mikhail Pletnev's Rewrite Of Scriabin's Piano Concerto, Anatole Leikin

Performance Practice Review

Not Set in Stone: Mikhail Pletnev’s Rewrite of Scriabin’s Piano Concerto

Scriabin’s Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor, Op. 20 (1897), was initially met with harsh criticisms. Then, in 1899, the critics’ and the public’s reaction suddenly changed from disparaging to admiring. Subsequently, Scriabin’s performances of the Concerto continued to consistently gather highest accolades throughout Russia, Western Europe, and the U.S.

The only credible explanation for such a remarkable metamorphosis is that Scriabin somehow modified (and improved) the piano part in his performances. No written corrections of the piano score exist, which is not at ...


Score Review: Rameau, Jean-Philippe. "Les Indes Galantes" And "Daphnis Et Eglé.", Geoffrey Burgess Mar 2018

Score Review: Rameau, Jean-Philippe. "Les Indes Galantes" And "Daphnis Et Eglé.", Geoffrey Burgess

Performance Practice Review

Score review: Rameau, Jean-Philippe. Les Indes galantes: Symphonies, RCT 44 ed. Sylvie Bouissou, ed. no. BA 7568. Paris: Société Jean-Philippe Rameau; international distributor: Bärenreiter, 2017; Rameau, Jean-Philippe. Daphnis et Eglé, RCT 34, ed. Érik Kocevar, piano reduction François Saint-Yves. Paris: Société Jean-Philippe Rameau; international distributor: Bärenreiter, 2017.

Geoffrey Burgess discusses this 2017 edition of Jean-Philippe Rameau's works.


"The Scriabin Companion: History, Performance, And Lore," By Lincoln Ballard And Matthew Bengtson, Anatole Leikin Feb 2018

"The Scriabin Companion: History, Performance, And Lore," By Lincoln Ballard And Matthew Bengtson, Anatole Leikin

Performance Practice Review

Book review: Ballard, Lincoln, Matthew Bengtson. The Scriabin Companion: History, Performance, and Lore. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4422-3261-7.

Anatole Leikin discusses this 2017 work by Lincoln Ballard and Matthew Bengtson.


"Beethoven's Piano Sonatas: A Handbook For Performers," By Stewart Gordon, David Rowland Feb 2018

"Beethoven's Piano Sonatas: A Handbook For Performers," By Stewart Gordon, David Rowland

Performance Practice Review

Book review: Gordon, Stewart. Beethoven’s Piano Sona­tas: a Handbook for Performers. Oxford: Oxford Univer­sity Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-19-062917-5.

David Rowland discusses Stewart Gordon's 2017 work.


"Composers’ Intentions?: Lost Traditions Of Musical Performance," By Andrew Parrott, Colin Lawson May 2017

"Composers’ Intentions?: Lost Traditions Of Musical Performance," By Andrew Parrott, Colin Lawson

Performance Practice Review

Colin Lawson discusses Andrew Parrott's 2015 work.

Parrott, Andrew. Composers’ Intentions?: Lost Traditions of Musical Performance. Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2015. ISBN 978-1-783-27032-3.


"Performance Practice In The Music Of Steve Reich," By Russell Hartenberger, Pwyll Ap Siôn Apr 2017

"Performance Practice In The Music Of Steve Reich," By Russell Hartenberger, Pwyll Ap Siôn

Performance Practice Review

Pwyll ap Siôn discusses Russell Hartenberger's 2016 work.

Hartenberger, Russell. Performance Practice in the Music of Steve Reich. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. ISBN 978-1-107-15150-5.


"The Accompaniment In 'Unaccompanied' Bach: Interpreting The Sonatas And Partitas For Violin," By Stanley Ritchie, David Schulenberg Apr 2017

"The Accompaniment In 'Unaccompanied' Bach: Interpreting The Sonatas And Partitas For Violin," By Stanley Ritchie, David Schulenberg

Performance Practice Review

David Schulenberg discusses Stanley Ritchie's 2016 work.

Ritchie, Stanley. The Accompaniment in “Unaccompanied” Bach: Interpreting the Sonatas and Partitas for Violin. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-25-302198-4 (ebook: 978-0-25-302208-0)


"Performance Practices In Johannes Brahms's Chamber Music" By Clive Brown, Neal Peres Da Costa, And Kate Bennett Wadsworth, Michael Musgrave Feb 2017

"Performance Practices In Johannes Brahms's Chamber Music" By Clive Brown, Neal Peres Da Costa, And Kate Bennett Wadsworth, Michael Musgrave

Performance Practice Review

Michael Musgrave discusses Clive Brown, Neal Peres da Costa, and Kate Bennett Wadsworth's 2015 work.

Brown, Clive, Neal Peres da Costa, Kate Bennett Wadsworth. Performing Practices in Johannes Brahms's Chamber Music. Kassel, Basel, London, New York, Praha: Bärenreiter, 2015 [2nd printing 2016].


"The Art Of Re-Enchantment: Making Early Music In The Modern Age," By Nick Wilson, Geoffrey Burgess Dec 2016

"The Art Of Re-Enchantment: Making Early Music In The Modern Age," By Nick Wilson, Geoffrey Burgess

Performance Practice Review

Geoffrey Burgess discusses Nick Wilson's 2013 work.

Wilson, Nick. The Art of Re-enchantment: Making Early Music in the Modern Age. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0199939930.


"Werke Für Klavier Zu Vier Händen" By Franz Schubert, Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2013, Su Yin Mak Sep 2016

"Werke Für Klavier Zu Vier Händen" By Franz Schubert, Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2013, Su Yin Mak

Performance Practice Review

Su Yin Mak discusses Bärenreiter's 2013 edition of Schubert's work.

Schubert, Franz. Werke für Klavier zu vier Händen, Band III, ed. Walburga Litschauer (Nos. 2-5) and Werner Aderhold (No. 1); Urtext of the New Schubert Edition, BA 9645. Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2013.

ISMN: 9790006539871.


"Clavichord For Beginners" By Joan Benson, Bernard Brauchli Aug 2016

"Clavichord For Beginners" By Joan Benson, Bernard Brauchli

Performance Practice Review

Bernard Brauchli reviews and discusses Joan Benson's 2014 work.

Benson, Joan. Clavichord for Beginners. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014.

ISBN: 978-0253011589


"Beyond The Score: Music As Performance" By Nicholas Cook, Aron Edidin Jul 2016

"Beyond The Score: Music As Performance" By Nicholas Cook, Aron Edidin

Performance Practice Review

Aron Edidin reviews and discusses Nicholas Cook's 2013 work. Cook, Nicholas. Beyond the Score: Music as Performance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-19-935740-6.


"The Rameau Compendium" By Graham Sadler, Mary Cyr Nov 2015

"The Rameau Compendium" By Graham Sadler, Mary Cyr

Performance Practice Review

Mary Cyr discusses and reviews Graham Sadler's 2014 work.

Sadler, Graham. The Rameau Compendium. Suffolk: Boydell Press, 2014.

ISBN: 978-1-84383-905-1


The Off-Board String On The Medieval Fiddle, Linda Marie Zaerr Nov 2015

The Off-Board String On The Medieval Fiddle, Linda Marie Zaerr

Performance Practice Review

Drawing on explicit descriptions, iconographic representations, and contemporary narrative, this essay analyzes playing techniques and repertories plausible for one type of medieval fiddle and suggests that notions of historical fiddle performance may need to expand to accommodate the aesthetics and techniques implied by the off-board fiddle.

While it has been widely assumed that the left thumb was used to pluck the laterally divergent string described by Jerome of Moravia, the complete body of evidence suggests an alternative interpretation: the thumb can be used to stop this off-board string, extending the melodic range of the instrument down to a step below ...


"The Notation Is Not The Music: Reflections On Early Music Practice And Performance" By Barthold Kuijken, Colin Lawson Sep 2014

"The Notation Is Not The Music: Reflections On Early Music Practice And Performance" By Barthold Kuijken, Colin Lawson

Performance Practice Review

Colin Lawson discusses and reviews Kuijken's 2013 work.

Kuijken, Barthold. The Notation Is Not the Music: Reflections on Early Music Practice and Performance. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2013.

ISBN: 978-0-253-01060-5


"Off The Record: Performing Practices In Romantic Piano Playing" By Neal Peres Da Costa, William Kinderman Sep 2014

"Off The Record: Performing Practices In Romantic Piano Playing" By Neal Peres Da Costa, William Kinderman

Performance Practice Review

William Kinderman discusses and reviews Peres Da Costa's 2012 work.

Peres Da Costa, Neal. Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

ISBN: 978-0-19-538691-2


Improvisation In Vocal Contrapuntal Pedagogy: An Appraisal Of Italian Theoretical Treatises Of The Sixteenth And Early Seventeenth Centuries, Valerio Morucci Aug 2014

Improvisation In Vocal Contrapuntal Pedagogy: An Appraisal Of Italian Theoretical Treatises Of The Sixteenth And Early Seventeenth Centuries, Valerio Morucci

Performance Practice Review

The extemporaneous application of pre-assimilated compositional paradigms into musical performance retained a central position in the training of Medieval and Renaissance musicians, specifically within the context of Western polyphonic practice. Recent scholarship has shown the significance of memorization in the oral transmission of plainchant and early polyphony. Attention has been particularly directed to aspects of orality and literacy in relation to “composition” (the term here applies to both written and oral), and, at the same time, studies correlated to fifteenth and sixteenth century contrapuntal theory, have mainly focused on the works of single theorists. The information we possess regarding improvised ...


Commonality And Diversity In Recordings Of Beethoven’S Middle-Period String Quartets, Nancy November Mar 2013

Commonality And Diversity In Recordings Of Beethoven’S Middle-Period String Quartets, Nancy November

Performance Practice Review

A widespread opinion in recent research about the performance of Beethoven’s works is that artists need to restore a connection to "tradition," and that recordings from the early twentieth century can help with this. However, these early recordings tell us most about the aesthetics and performance ideals of their day, and hence how Beethoven and his string quartets were received by early twentieth-century audiences. Case studies of early recordings of Beethoven middle-period quartets reveal ways in which these these performances differed, sometimes radically, from the kinds of performances Beethoven would have expected to hear, especially with regard to the ...


Unearthing Forgotten Treasures: Anonymous Arias With Obbligato Violoncello At The Estense Library, Modena, Alessandro Sanguineti Mar 2013

Unearthing Forgotten Treasures: Anonymous Arias With Obbligato Violoncello At The Estense Library, Modena, Alessandro Sanguineti

Performance Practice Review

Recent studies regarding the first steps of the violoncello in North Italy at the end of the seventeenth century have been concentrating on the vast musical output collected by Francesco II, Duke of Modena, now held at the Biblioteca Estense Universitaria. Nonetheless, there is still a conspicuous number of anonymous manuscripts copied in Modena at the end of the seventeenth century containing opera arias which include several examples with obbligato violoncello. A connection has been made with one of these collections and a particular performance of L’Ercole Trionfante in Piacenza in 1688 with music by the composer and organist ...


"Stradivari" By Stewart Pollens, Peter Walls Dec 2012

"Stradivari" By Stewart Pollens, Peter Walls

Performance Practice Review

Peter Walls discusses and reviews Pollens 2010 work.

Pollens, Stewart. Stradivari. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

ISBN 978-0-52187-304-8


"The Performance Of 16th-Century Music: Learning From The Theorists" By Anne Smith, Kenneth Kreitner Nov 2012

"The Performance Of 16th-Century Music: Learning From The Theorists" By Anne Smith, Kenneth Kreitner

Performance Practice Review

Kenneth Kreitner discusses and reviews Smith's 2011 work.

Smith, Anne. The Performance of 16th-Century Music: Learning from the Theo­rists. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

ISBN 978-0-19974261-5.


By Word Of Mouth: Historical Performance Comes Of Age, Ingrid E. Pearson Oct 2012

By Word Of Mouth: Historical Performance Comes Of Age, Ingrid E. Pearson

Performance Practice Review

Since Clive Brown’s 1991 accusation that many twentieth-century manifestations of historical performance lacked an appropriate degree of musical sensitivity, the historical performance movement has truly come of age. In the arena of Western Art music, historical performance is now an essential component of musical training and education. Successful performers must be able to seamlessly function across the widest possible range of musical styles, accommodating an equally wide gamut of tastes, both individually and collectively.

In 1982, nine years earlier, Walter Ong’s Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word explored differences between oral and literate cultures. Of particular ...


Numbers And Tempo: 1630-1800, Beverly Jerold Aug 2012

Numbers And Tempo: 1630-1800, Beverly Jerold

Performance Practice Review

After discussing the role of technology in achieving modern performance standards, this article examines sources that have been cited in support of extremely rapid tempos for the time frame 1630-1800. It summarizes recent findings about the French time devices in which a new source ‒ the Paris dancing master Raoul Auger Feuillet’s reasonable pendulum tempo numbers for dance forms ‒ provides the most accurate information to date for tempo around 1700. Continuing then with other sources cited for rapid tempos, the present article discusses the conflicting statements in Marin Mersenne’s Harmonie universelle and his inaccurate pendulum measurements. It considers the ...


"Performing Messiaen’S Organ Music: 66 Masterclasses" By Jon Gillock, Vincent P. Benitez Mar 2012

"Performing Messiaen’S Organ Music: 66 Masterclasses" By Jon Gillock, Vincent P. Benitez

Performance Practice Review

Benitez reviews Gillock's 2010 work.

Gillock, Jon. Performing Messiaen’s Organ Music: 66 Masterclasses. Bloomington, IN:Indiana University Press, 2010.

ISBN 978-0-253-35373-3.


"The Bartered Bride-Prodaná Nevěsta: Performance Guide With Translations And Pronunciation" By Timothy Cheek, John Tyrrell Feb 2012

"The Bartered Bride-Prodaná Nevěsta: Performance Guide With Translations And Pronunciation" By Timothy Cheek, John Tyrrell

Performance Practice Review

John Tyrrell discuss and reviews Timothy Cheek's 2010 work.

The Bartered Bride-Prodaná nevěsta: Performance Guide with Translations and Pronunciation. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2010.

ISBN 978-0-810-87260-8.


Correspondence: June 23, 2010, Roland Jackson Jan 2012

Correspondence: June 23, 2010, Roland Jackson

Performance Practice Review

The recent article by Dorottya Fabian and Eitan Ornoy, “Identity in Violin Playing on Records: Interpretation Profiles in Recordings of Solo Bach” (PPR 2009)—which considers mainly the twentieth-century violinists Heifetz and Milstein (with reference as well to Szigeti, Menuhin, and others)—is unusual in that it generally avoids any discussion of Bach’s original performance practice. As the authors state at the outset, “when studying the performances, we are not concerned primarily with how they may relate to historically-informed performance and Bach’s intentions or presumed intentions.” In this they depart from all the studies that have appeared thus ...


Correspondence: February 16, 2009, Ross W. Duffin Jan 2012

Correspondence: February 16, 2009, Ross W. Duffin

Performance Practice Review

Duffin responds to Rasch's review of his 2006 book.


"After The Golden Age: Romantic Pianism And Modern Performance" By Kenneth Hamilton, Robert Winter Jan 2012

"After The Golden Age: Romantic Pianism And Modern Performance" By Kenneth Hamilton, Robert Winter

Performance Practice Review

Winter reviews and critiques Hamilton's work.


"Interpreting Mozart: The Performance Practice Of His Piano Pieces And Other Compositions" By Eva Badura-Skoda And Paul Badura-Skoda, Andrew Willis Jan 2012

"Interpreting Mozart: The Performance Practice Of His Piano Pieces And Other Compositions" By Eva Badura-Skoda And Paul Badura-Skoda, Andrew Willis

Performance Practice Review

Willis reviews and critiques Eva and Paul Badura-Skoda's 2009.