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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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On Practicing

On Practicing

(p.75) TWELVE On Practicing
The Art of Performance

Heinrich Schenker

Oxford University Press

This chapter stresses that, assuming performers have mastered their instruments, the study of each piece of music must from the onset be directed toward its expressive content; each piece makes its own individual demands. Certain technical difficulties are equated with difficult life-situations, and the performer is admonished not to simplify but to overcome them. In aphoristic style, evenness of touch, ingenious fingerings, tempo questions, hearing oneself are all considered. The chapter closes with a fervent plea to the performer to eliminate any anxiety and to “infuse the tones with genuine life”.

Keywords:   true rendition, spiritual strength, evenness of touch, physical gestures, aphoristic style

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