Editore: Oxford University Press
Foreword , Sir Roger Norrington
1. Accentuation in Theory
2. Accentuation in Practice
3. The Notation of Accents and Dynamics
5. Articulation and Expression
6. The Notation of Articulation and Phrasing
7. String Bowing
9. Alla Breve
10. Tempo Terms
11. Tempo Modification
12. Embellishment, Ornamentation, and Improvisation
13. Appoggiaturas, Trills, Turns, and Related Ornaments
16. The fermata; Recitative; Arpeggiation; The Variable Dot and Other Aspects of Rhythmic Flexibility; Heavy and Light Performance
From the Foreword by Sir Roger Norrington:
'This is the book we have been waiting for. ...Music-making must always involve guesses and inspirations, creative hunches and improvised strategies, above all, instinct and imagination. But if we don't have all the answers, the least we can do is to set out on our journey with the right questions. These questions and indeed many of the possible answers, Clive Brown gives in wonderful profusion. I cannot recommend this book too highly.'
The past ten years have seen a rapidly growing interest in performing and recording Classical and Romantic music with period instruments; yet the relationship of composers' notation to performing practices during that period has received only sporadic attention from scholars, and many aspects of composers' intentions have remained uncertain. Clive Brown here identifies areas in which musical notation conveyed rather different messages to the musicians for whom it was written than it does to modern performers, and seeks to look beyond the notation to understand how composers might have expected to hear their music realized in performance. There is ample evidence to demonstrate that, in many respects, the sound worlds in which Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, and Brahms created their music was more radically different from ours than is generally assumed.
This is an essential book for all performers and students of Classical and Romantic music.