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The Art of Performance$
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Heinrich Schenker and Heribert Esser

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151510

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151510.001.0001

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The Performance of Older Music

The Performance of Older Music

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(p.69) ELEVEN The Performance of Older Music
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The Art of Performance
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Heinrich Schenker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151510.003.0011

This chapter contrasts the attitudes toward performance of late-romantic works of Schenker's own time with performance demands of older music and music by the great classical masters. Contrary to general belief, it is shown shows that the greatest expressiveness and freedom are essential in the performance of older music in which, for example, passage work is an intrinsic part of the expressive content. The lost art of improvising and realizing a continuo bass is mentioned along with a discussion of characteristics of individual composers' works.

Keywords:   rhetorical performance, rhetorical rests, improvisation, elaboration of fermatas, cadenzas

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