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Beyond the ScoreMusic as Performance$
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Nicholas Cook

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199357406

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357406.001.0001

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Beyond Structure

Beyond Structure

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(p.91) 4 Beyond Structure
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Beyond the Score
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Nicholas Cook

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357406.003.0004

Structuralist performance, regarded by theorists, psychologists, and aestheticians as a general paradigm of how performance should be, is in reality a historical style. How then might we approach the early twentieth-century performance style that the chapter calls rhetorical? Focusing on issues of topic and genre, the chapter outlines a quite different way in which performances signify, and the chapter explores it by comparing early twentieth-century approaches to the performance of Mozart’s sonatas, in particular Carl Reinecke’s, with those of present-day fortepianists. As well as laying the foundations for a semiotic approach to performance, this extends the argument of the previous chapter by situating Schenker within an intellectual world based on premises and values quite different from those of post-war modernism. Fundamental to this difference, the chapter argues, are contrasted understandings of musical time.

Keywords:   rhetoric, topic, semiotics, fortepiano, time, Mozart, Schenker, Reinecke

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