Theory and Practice in Late Nineteenth century Violin Performance

Theory and Practice in Late Nineteenth century Violin Performance
Author: David Milsom
Publsiher: Ashgate Pub Limited
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015052302638
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theory and Practice in Late Nineteenth century Violin Performance Book Review:

In this book, David Milsom argues that in order to convey late nineteenth-century musical style appropriately, the performer needs to have a grasp of the philosophical orientation of musical thinking at that time. In effect, one must 'unlearn' the value systems of the present, in order to assimilate those of the late nineteenth century. To arrive at a better understanding of performance in this period, the book examines performing style in the German and Franco-Belgian schools of violin playing from c.1850 - c.1900. Milsom explores selected instrumental treatises written by noted players and theorists, together with a number of recorded performances given by celebrated artists in the early years of the twentieth century, to review the similarities and differences between theory and practice. An accompanying CD illustrates this relationship.

Romantic Violin Performing Practices

Romantic Violin Performing Practices
Author: David Milsom
Publsiher: Boydell & Brewer
Total Pages: 335
Release: 2020
ISBN 10: 1783275278
ISBN 13: 9781783275274
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Romantic Violin Performing Practices Book Review:

What are the key topics that define Romantic violin playing?

Classical and Romantic Music

Classical and Romantic Music
Author: David Milsom
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2017-07-05
ISBN 10: 1351571745
ISBN 13: 9781351571746
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Classical and Romantic Music Book Review:

This volume brings together twenty-two of the most diverse and stimulating journal articles on classical and romantic performing practice, representing a rich vein of enquiry into epochs of music still very much at the forefront of current concert repertoire. In so doing, it provides a wide range of subject-based scholarship. It also reveals a fascinating window upon the historical performance debate of the last few decades in music where such matters still stimulate controversy.

The Oxford Handbook of Music Performance Volume 1

The Oxford Handbook of Music Performance  Volume 1
Author: Gary McPherson
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 736
Release: 2021
ISBN 10: 0190056282
ISBN 13: 9780190056285
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Music Performance Volume 1 Book Review:

"Volume 2 of the Oxford Handbook of Music Performance is designed around four distinct sections: Enhancements, Health and Wellbeing, Science, and Innovations. Chapters on the popular Feldenkrais method and Alexander technique open the volume, and these lead to chapters on peak performance and mindfulness, stage behavior, impression management and charisma, enhancing music performance appraisal, and how to build a career and the skills and competencies needed to be successful. The section dealing with health and wellbeing surveys the brain mechanisms involved in music learning and performing and musical activities in people with disabilities, performance anxiety, diseases and health risks in instrumentalists, hearing and voice, and finally, a discussion of how to promote a healthy related lifestyle. The first six chapters of the Science section cover the basic science underlying the operation of wind, brass, string instruments, and the piano, and two chapters covering the solo voice and vocal ensembles. The final two chapters explain digital musical instruments and the practical issues that researchers and performers face when using motion capture technology to study movement during musical performances. The four chapters of the Innovations section address the types of technological and social and wellbeing innovations that are reshaping how musicians conceive their performances in the twenty-first century"--

Music and Sentimentalism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Music and Sentimentalism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Author: Stephen Downes
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 324
Release: 2021-05-30
ISBN 10: 0429837410
ISBN 13: 9780429837418
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Music and Sentimentalism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Book Review:

In a wide-ranging study of sentimentalism’s significance for styles, practices and meanings of music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a series of interpretations scrutinizes musical expressions of sympathetic responses to suffering and the longing to belong. The book challenges hierarchies of artistic value and the associated denigration of sentimental feeling in gendered discourses. Fresh insights are thereby developed into sentimentalism’s place in musical constructions of emotion, taste, genre, gender, desire, and authenticity. The contexts encompass diverse musical communities, performing spaces, and listening practices, including the nineteenth-century salon and concert hall, the cinema, the intimate stage persona of the singer-songwriter, and the homely ambiguities of ‘easy’ listening. Interdisciplinary insights inform discussions of musical form, affect, appropriation, nationalisms, psychologies, eco-sentimentalism, humanitarianism, consumerism, and subject positions, with a particular emphasis on masculine sentimentalities. Music is drawn from violin repertory associated with Joseph Joachim, the piano music of Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt, sentimental waltzes from Schubert to Ravel, concert music by Bartók, Szymanowski and Górecki, the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of The Remains of the Day, Antônio Carlos Jobim’s bossa nova, and songs by Duke Ellington, Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Barry Manilow and Jimmy Webb. The book will attract readers interested in both the role of music in the history of emotion and the persistence and diversity of sentimental arts after their flowering in the eighteenth-century age of sensibility.

Playing the Cello 1780 1930

Playing the Cello  1780 1930
Author: George Kennaway
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 298
Release: 2016-04-22
ISBN 10: 1317079809
ISBN 13: 9781317079804
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Playing the Cello 1780 1930 Book Review:

This innovative study of nineteenth-century cellists and cello playing shows how simple concepts of posture, technique and expression changed over time, while acknowledging that many different practices co-existed. By placing an awareness of this diversity at the centre of an historical narrative, George Kennaway has produced a unique cultural history of performance practices. In addition to drawing upon an unusually wide range of source materials - from instructional methods to poetry, novels and film - Kennaway acknowledges the instability and ambiguity of the data that supports historically informed performance. By examining nineteenth-century assumptions about the very nature of the cello itself, he demonstrates new ways of thinking about historical performance today. Kennaway’s treatment of tone quality and projection, and of posture, bow-strokes and fingering, is informed by his practical insights as a professional cellist and teacher. Vibrato and portamento are examined in the context of an increasing divergence between theory and practice, as seen in printed sources and heard in early cello recordings. Kennaway also explores differing nineteenth-century views of the cello’s gendered identity and the relevance of these cultural tropes to contemporary performance. By accepting the diversity and ambiguity of nineteenth-century sources, and by resisting oversimplified solutions, Kennaway has produced a nuanced performing history that will challenge and engage musicologists and performers alike.

A Musicology of Performance

A Musicology of Performance
Author: Dorottya Fabian
Publsiher: Open Book Publishers
Total Pages: 364
Release: 2015-08-17
ISBN 10: 178374152X
ISBN 13: 9781783741526
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Musicology of Performance Book Review:

This book examines the nature of musical performance. In it, Dorottya Fabian explores the contributions and limitations of some of these approaches to performance, be they theoretical, cultural, historical, perceptual, or analytical. Through a detailed investigation of recent recordings of J. S. Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, she demonstrates that music performance functions as a complex dynamical system. Only by crossing disciplinary boundaries, therefore, can we put the aural experience into words. A Musicology of Performance provides a model for such a method by adopting Deleuzian concepts and various empirical and interdisciplinary procedures. Fabian provides a case study in the repertoire, while presenting new insights into the state of baroque performance practice at the turn of the twenty-first century. Through its wealth of audio examples, tables, and graphs, the book offers both a sensory and a scholarly account of musical performance. These interactive elements map the connections between historically informed and mainstream performance styles, considering them in relation to broader cultural trends, violin schools, and individual artistic trajectories. A Musicology of Performance is a must read for academics and post-graduate students and an essential reference point for the study of music performance, the early music movement, and Bach’s opus.

The Violin

The Violin
Author: Mark Katz
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 424
Release: 2006-02-09
ISBN 10: 1135576955
ISBN 13: 9781135576950
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Violin Book Review:

First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Violin Secrets

Violin Secrets
Author: Jo Nardolillo
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 194
Release: 2015-10-15
ISBN 10: 0810886251
ISBN 13: 9780810886254
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Violin Secrets Book Review:

In Violin Secrets: 101 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Violinist, author and violinist Jo Nardolillo surveys the cutting edge of current violin technique, combining tradition and innovation in one volume. Blending traditional strategies that have produced generations of legendary performers with modern ideas, Nardolillo reveals the secrets of today’s most sought-after master teachers, garnered through her decade of study at top conservatories across the nation. With more than a quarter century of experience teaching at the advanced level, she has refined and distilled these essential concepts into clear, concise, step-by-step instructions, complete with original illustrations and helpful tips. Violin Secrets is an indispensable resource for any and all serious violinists. The first chapter tackles the toughest challenge on the wish list of every established professional, dedicated student, and passionate amateur: understanding why immaculate intonation is so difficult (and exploring ways to achieve it). Further chapters address the advanced techniques of fingerboard mapping, mastering spiccato, controlling vibrato, playing into the curve, small-hand technique, and navigating comfortably in high positions. An extensive section on practice strategies blends concepts from learning theory, sports psychology, and Zen, and the chapter on artistry offers insight on creating expressive phrases, connecting with the audience, and developing a unique artistic voice. Violin Secrets examines overcoming performance anxiety, choosing the right music editions, being a strong section player in an orchestra, leading productive chamber music rehearsals, and winning auditions. Violin Secrets is beautifully illustrated with original drawings by T. M. Larsen, musical examples from the standard literature, and a violinist’s family tree that traces these secrets back through to the founding fathers of violin technique. The Music Secrets for the Advanced Musician series is designed for instrumentalists, singers, conductors, composers, and other instructors and professionals seeking a quick set of pointers to improve their work as performers and producers of music. Easy to use and intended for the advanced musician, contributions to Music Secrets fill a niche for those who have moved beyond what beginners and intermediate practitioners need.

The Performance Style of Jascha Heifetz

The Performance Style of Jascha Heifetz
Author: Dario Sarlo
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2016-03-03
ISBN 10: 1317021649
ISBN 13: 9781317021643
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Performance Style of Jascha Heifetz Book Review:

The violinist Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) is considered among the most influential performers in history and still maintains a strong following among violinists around the world. Dario Sarlo contributes significantly to the growing field of analytical research into recordings and the history of performance style. Focussing on Heifetz and his under-acknowledged but extensive performing relationship with the Bach solo violin works (BWV 1001-1006), Sarlo examines one of the most successful performing musicians of the twentieth century along with some of the most frequently performed works of the violin literature. The book proposes a comprehensive method for analysing and interpreting the legacies of prominent historical performers in the wider context of their particular performance traditions. The study outlines this research framework and addresses how it can be transferred to related studies of other performers. By building up a comprehensive understanding of multiple individual performance styles, it will become possible to gain deeper insight into how performance style develops over time. The investigation is based upon eighteen months of archival research in the Library of Congress’s extensive Jascha Heifetz Collection. It draws on numerous methods to examine what and how Heifetz played, why he played that way, and how that way of playing compares to other performers. The book offers much insight into the ’music industry’ between 1915 and 1975, including touring, programming, audiences, popular and professional reception and recording. The study concludes with a discussion of Heifetz’s unique performer profile in the context of violin performance history.

Mendelssohn in Performance

Mendelssohn in Performance
Author: Siegwart Reichwald
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2008-09-25
ISBN 10: 0253002613
ISBN 13: 9780253002617
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mendelssohn in Performance Book Review:

Exploring many aspects of Felix Mendelssohn's multi-faceted career as musician and how it intersects with his work as composer, contributors discuss practical issues of music making such as performance space, instruments, tempo markings, dynamics, phrasings, articulations, fingerings, and instrument techniques. They present the conceptual and ideological underpinnings of Mendelssohn's approach to performance, interpretation, and composing through the contextualization of specific performance events and through the theoretic actualization of performances of specific works. Contributors rely on manuscripts, marked or edited scores, and performance parts to convey a deeper understanding of musical expression in 19th-century Germany. This study of Mendelssohn's work as conductor, pianist, organist, violist, accompanist, music director, and editor of old and new music offers valuable perspectives on 19th-century performance practice issues.

Pioneer Violin Virtuose in the Early Twentieth Century

Pioneer Violin Virtuose in the Early Twentieth Century
Author: Tatjana Goldberg
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2019-05-24
ISBN 10: 1351167502
ISBN 13: 9781351167505
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pioneer Violin Virtuose in the Early Twentieth Century Book Review:

Tatjana Goldberg reveals the extent to which gender and socially constructed identity influenced female violinists’ ‘separate but unequal’ status in a great male-dominated virtuoso lineage by focussing on the few that stood out: the American Maud Powell (1867–1920), Australian-born Alma Moodie (1898–1943), and the British Marie Hall (1884–1956). Despite breaking down traditional gender-based patriarchal social and cultural norms, becoming celebrated soloists, and greatly contributing towards violin works and the early recording industry (Powell and Hall), they received little historical recognition. Goldberg provides a more complete picture of their artistic achievements and the impact they had on audiences.

The Routledge Research Companion to Modernism in Music

The Routledge Research Companion to Modernism in Music
Author: Björn Heile,Charles Wilson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 518
Release: 2018-10-29
ISBN 10: 131704245X
ISBN 13: 9781317042457
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Routledge Research Companion to Modernism in Music Book Review:

Modernism in music still arouses passions and is riven by controversies. Taking root in the early decades of the twentieth century, it achieved ideological dominance for almost three decades following the Second World War, before becoming the object of widespread critique in the last two decades of the century, both from critics and composers of a postmodern persuasion and from prominent scholars associated with the ‘new musicology’. Yet these critiques have failed to dampen its ongoing resilience. The picture of modernism has considerably broadened and diversified, and has remained a pivotal focus of debate well into the twenty-first century. This Research Companion does not seek to limit what musical modernism might be. At the same time, it resists any dilution of the term that would see its indiscriminate application to practically any and all music of a certain period. In addition to addressing issues already well established in modernist studies such as aesthetics, history, institutions, place, diaspora, cosmopolitanism, production and performance, communication technologies and the interface with postmodernism, this volume also explores topics that are less established; among them: modernism and affect, modernism and comedy, modernism versus the ‘contemporary’, and the crucial distinction between modernism in popular culture and a ‘popular modernism’, a modernism of the people. In doing so, this text seeks to define modernism in music by probing its margins as much as by restating its supposed essence.

Gaspar Cassad

Gaspar Cassad
Author: Gabrielle Kaufman
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 332
Release: 2016-12-08
ISBN 10: 1317130960
ISBN 13: 9781317130963
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gaspar Cassad Book Review:

Barcelonian Gaspar Cassadó (1897-1966) was one of the greatest cello virtuosi of the twentieth century and a notable composer and arranger, leaving a vast and heterogeneous legacy. In this book, Gabrielle Kaufman provides the first full-length scholarly work dedicated to Cassadó, containing the results of seven years of research into his life and legacy, after following the cellist’s steps through Spain, France, Italy and Japan. The study presents in-depth descriptions of the three main parts of Cassadó’s creative output: composition, transcription and performance, especially focusing on Cassadó’s plural and multi-facetted creativity, which is examined from both cultural and historical perspectives. Cassadó’s role within the evolution of twentieth-century cello performance is thoroughly examined, including a discussion regarding the musical and technical aspects of performing Cassadó’s works, aimed directly at performers. The study presents the first attempt at a comprehensive catalogue of Cassadó’s works, both original and transcribed, as well as his recordings, using a number of new archival sources and testimonies. In addition, the composer’s significance within Spanish twentieth-century music is treated in detail through a number of case studies, sustained by examples from recovered score manuscripts. Illuminated by extraordinary source material Gaspar Cassadó: Cellist, Composer and Transcriber expands and deepens our knowledge of this complex figure, and will be of crucial importance to students and scholars in the fields of Performance Practice and Spanish Music, as well as to professional cellists and advanced cello students.

Vital Performance

Vital Performance
Author: Andrew Snedden
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2021-03-19
ISBN 10: 1000369188
ISBN 13: 9781000369182
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Vital Performance Book Review:

Historically Informed Performance, or HIP, has become an influential and exciting development for scholars, musicians, and audiences alike. Yet it has not been unchallenged, with debate over the desirability of its central goals and the accuracy of its results. The author suggests ways out of this impasse in Romantic performance style. In this wide-ranging study, pianist and scholar Andrew John Snedden takes a step back, examining the strengths and limitations of HIP. He proposes that many problems are avoided when performance styles are understood as expressions of their cultural era rather than as simply composer intention, explaining not merely how we play, but why we play the way we do, and why the nineteenth century Romantics played very differently. Snedden examines the principal evidence we have for Romantic performance style, especially in translation of score indications and analysis of early recordings, finally focusing on the performance styles of Liszt and Chopin. He concludes with a call for the reanimation of culturally appropriate performance styles in Romantic repertoire. This study will be of great interest to scholars, performers, and students, to anyone wondering about how our performances reflect our culture, and about how the Romantics played their own culturally-embedded music.

Expressiveness in music performance

Expressiveness in music performance
Author: Dorottya Fabian,Renee Timmers,Emery Schubert
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 500
Release: 2014-07-03
ISBN 10: 0191634557
ISBN 13: 9780191634550
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Expressiveness in music performance Book Review:

What does it mean to be expressive in music performance across diverse historical and cultural domains? What are the means at the disposal of a performer in various time periods and musical practice conventions? What are the conceptualisations of expression and the roles of performers that shape expressive performance? This book brings together research from a range of disciplines that use diverse methodologies to provide new perspectives and formulate answers to these questions about the meaning, means, and contextualisation of expressive performance in music. The contributors to this book explore expressiveness in music performance in four interlinked parts. Starting with the philosophical and historical underpinnings crucially relevant for Western classical musical performance it then reaches out to cross-cultural issues and finally focuses the attention on various specific problems, including the teaching of expressive music performance skills. The overviews provide a focussed and comprehensive account of the current state of research as well as new developments and a prospective of future directions. This is a valuable new book for those in the fields of music, music psychology, and music education.

Capturing Sound

Capturing Sound
Author: Mark Katz
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2010-10-07
ISBN 10: 0520261054
ISBN 13: 9780520261051
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Capturing Sound Book Review:

"Roth Family Foundation music in America imprint"--Prelim. p.

The Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music

The Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music
Author: Nicholas Cook
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 359
Release: 2009-11-26
ISBN 10: 0521865824
ISBN 13: 9780521865821
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music Book Review:

Featuring fascinating accounts from practitioners, this Companion examines how developments in recording have transformed musical culture.

Baroque Music

Baroque Music
Author: Peter Walls
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 588
Release: 2017-07-05
ISBN 10: 1351574728
ISBN 13: 9781351574723
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Baroque Music Book Review:

Research in the 20th and 21st centuries into historical performance practice has changed not just the way performers approach music of the 17th and 18th centuries but, eventually, the way audiences listen to it. This volume, beginning with a 1915 Saint-Sa lecture on the performance of old music, sets out to capture musicological discussion that has actually changed the way Baroque music can sound. The articles deal with historical instruments, pitch, tuning, temperament, the nexus between technique and style, vibrato, the performance implications of musical scores, and some of the vexed questions relating to rhythmic alteration. It closes with a section on the musicological challenges to the ideology of the early music movement mounted (principally) in the 1990s. Leading writers on historical performance practice are represented. Recognizing that significant developments in historically-inspired performance have been led by instrument makers and performers, the volume also contains representative essays by key practitioners.

Aesthetics and Experience in Music Performance

Aesthetics and Experience in Music Performance
Author: Denis Collins,Klisala Harrison,Samantha Owens
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 367
Release: 2008-12-11
ISBN 10: 1443802301
ISBN 13: 9781443802307
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Aesthetics and Experience in Music Performance Book Review:

Drawing upon a wide range of scholarly enquiry into early music, queer musicology, ethnomusicology, performance practice, music education and technology, Aesthetics and Experience in Music Performance provides a lively forum for the articulation of varied perspectives on the role of music, its interpretation and function in contexts supported by those who practice or experience it. The formal and shorter discussion papers included in this scholarly collection were presented at the National Workshop of the Musicological Society of Australia, held at the University of Queensland, Brisbane in October 2003. The themes of aesthetics and experience are central to this publication and each paper engages in a scholarly dialogue on the technical, expressive and embodied aspects of performance. The papers included in this publication bring together the research of a wide community of scholars (e.g., musicologists, anthropologists, ethnomusicologists and linguists) working in the field of performance studies and collectively reflect the musicological issues being debated in Australia today.