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Description - Playing with History by John Butt

Why do we feel the need to perform music in a historically informed style? Is this need related to wider cultural concerns? In the most ambitious study of the topic to date, John Butt sums up recent 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521013581
ISBN-10: 0521013585
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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