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The End of Early MusicA Period Performer's History of Music for the Twenty-First Century$
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Bruce Haynes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189872

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189872.001.0001

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Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

Current Styles

(p.32) 2 Mind the Gap
The End of Early Music

Bruce Haynes

Oxford University Press

Two styles of performing music are Period style and Modern style. The other one, Romantic style, was in full sway at the beginning of the 20th century but is heard now only on recordings. Romantic style began to mutate after World War I toward the accuracy and precision of Modern style, to a degree that eventually changed its identity. Modern style is thus the direct descendent of Romantic style; being the product of its time, it shows the typical attributes of Modernism, following written scores quite literally and being tight-fisted with personal expression. The Modernist spirit had been a disastrous blight on the music of the latter part of the 20th century. Within these three general types, there are many variants. Aside from the three musical styles, this chapter discusses authenticity in music, the adoption of Period instruments, and musical rhetoric.

Keywords:   musical style, Period style, Modern style, Romantic style, authenticity, Period instruments, rhetoric

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