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The Art of Re-enchantmentMaking Early Music in the Modern Age$
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Nick Wilson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199939930

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199939930.001.0001

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A Tale of Two Authenticities

A Tale of Two Authenticities

(p.57) 4 A Tale of Two Authenticities
The Art of Re-enchantment

Nick Wilson

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 is the first of three chapters (comprising Part II) to focus on making Early Music work. Here the analysis shifts to consider the professionalization of early music performance, such that many of those involved were now frequently doing it as a rewarding and full-time job. The chapter introduces an important distinction to be made between two distinctive trajectories of early music work-authenticity1with its particular focus on Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque repertoire (i.e. making the ‘unfamiliar familiar’), and then authenticity2, where the ‘familiar’ (i.e. Baroque, Classical and later repertoire) was now being made ‘unfamiliar’, through being performed on period instruments and in a HIP style. In order to explain this process of professionalization, the chapter introduces 7 vantage points (Musical establishment; Amateur music-making; Instrument-making; Contemporary; Continental Europe and USA; Folk; and University), which collectively represent the distinctive conditions under which Early Music was to emerge.

Keywords:   medieval music, renaissance music, baroque music, classical music, contemporary music, folk music, university music, musical establishment, amateur music, instrument-making

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