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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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Musical Composition and Performance

Musical Composition and Performance

(p.3) ONE Musical Composition and Performance
The Art of Performance

Heinrich Schenker

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that a performer can only do justice to a musical work by thoroughly understanding it through the compositional laws. With such understanding, a performance can become a true “re-creation”. Without it, the piece of music is distorted and sacrificed to the whim of the performer. This is unjust to the public, which can only be led to the music through an authentic rendition.

Keywords:   conceptual integrity, re-creation, laws of composition, authentic rendition

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