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The End of Early MusicA Period Performer's History of Music for the Twenty-First Century$
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Bruce Haynes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189872

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189872.001.0001

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When You Say Something Differently, You Say Something Different

When You Say Something Differently, You Say Something Different

(p.19) 1 When You Say Something Differently, You Say Something Different
The End of Early Music

Bruce Haynes

Oxford University Press

Music has different styles: on the conservative end are wedding, funeral, and most religious repertoire, in the middle is the relatively unchanging “canonic” music, and on the informal side is popular music, highly variable and constantly shifting. It used to be, back in pre-World War II days, that performing style in Romantic music would “demode” very slowly. In those days, there was only a single performing protocol, one style that “fit all” and was used for music of many different kinds of composition. It was only in popular music that musical styles developed and atrophied in the space of a year or less. Before the Romantic Revolution, however, concert music was much less stable. This chapter discusses musical style, innovation in music, chronocentrism, and the rise of pluralism in the music scene.

Keywords:   music, musical style, innovation, chronocentrism, pluralism, Romantic Revolution

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