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Off the RecordPerforming Practices in Romantic Piano Playing$
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Neal Peres da Costa

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386912

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386912.001.0001

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(p.309) Conclusion
Off the Record

Neal Peres Da Costa

Oxford University Press

The conclusion rounds up the discussion provided in Chapters 2-5. Dislocation, arpeggiation, metrical rubato and various forms of rhythmic alteration, as well as tempo modification were indispensable performing practices in piano playing around the turn of the twentieth century. Recorded examples reveal that many celebrated pianists around the turn of the twentieth century used these techniques in a manner that does not accord with current notions of good taste. The conclusion emphasises the need to understand the gulf between theory and practice, as well as to understand the meaning of the musical notation for composers and performers and the aesthetics of performance of bygone eras.

Keywords:   dislocation, unnotated arpeggiation, metrical rubato, rhythmic alteration, tempo modification, theory and practice, musical notation, aesthetics

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