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Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing

Neal Peres da Costa


Early piano recordings provide audible evidence of the performing practices of late-Romantic pianists, practices that often differ radically from the present. Comparing these practices with descriptions in contemporaneous written texts reveal that important features of recordings are not faithfully conveyed by the written texts. The style of the recordings could, therefore, seldom have been envisaged from the written texts alone. The recordings examined here include those of a generation of pianists who were trained, in some cases, 150 years ago. These include Carl Reinecke, Theodor Leschetizk ... More

Keywords: audible evidence, performing practices, written texts, dislocation, unnotated chordal arpeggiation, metrical rubato, rhythmic alteration, tempo modification, musical notation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195386912
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386912.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neal Peres da Costa, author
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney