Playing with History
The Historical Approach to Musical Performance
By (author) John Butt
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Playing with History by John Butt
Book DescriptionWhy do we feel the need to perform music in a historically informed style? Is this need related to wider cultural concerns? In this 2002 study, John Butt sums up debates on the nature of the early music movement and historically informed performance, calling upon a seemingly inexhaustible fund of ideas gleaned from historical musicology, analytic philosophy, literary theory, historiography and theories of modernism and postmodernism. He develops the critical views of both supporters and detractors of the movement, while claiming ultimately that it has more intellectual and artistic potential than its detractors may have assumed. He also asks whether the phenomenon of historically informed performance reflects changes in the culture of western music and how it, in turn, may have influenced that culture, particularly in regard to such issues as the status of the composer, the work, intentionality and notation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521013581
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Butt
Cambridge History of Seventeenth-century Music, Paperback (July 2014)
First published in 2005, this title provides extensive knowledge on seventeenth-century music.
Bach's Dialogue with Modernity, Paperback (February 2012)
A detailed 2010 analysis of Bach's Passions which demonstrates how they reflect and constitute priorities and conditions of the western world.
Musica Getutscht, Paperback (April 2007)
This early German 'do-it-yourself' manual tells us about music-making in the years just before the Reformation.
Music Education and the Art of Performance in the German Baroque, Paperback (December 2006)» View all books by John Butt
In considering the role of practical music in education, this book attempts to define the art of performance in Germany during the Baroque period.
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Author Biography - John Butt
John Butt is the Gardiner Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow, having previously been a lecturer in music at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of King's College. He is the author of Bach Interpretation (1990), Bach: Mass in B Minor (1991), Music Education and the Art of Performance in the German Baroque (1994) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Bach (1997), all published by Cambridge University Press. He is also a highly acclaimed harpsichordist and organist and has recorded 10 CDs for Harmonia Mundi, France.
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