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Description - Ornamentation in Baroque and Post-Baroque Music, with Special Emphasis on J.S.Bach by Frederick Neumann

Ornaments play an enormous role in the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and ambiguities in their notation (as well as their frequent omission in the score) have left doubt as to how composers intended them to be interpreted. Frederick Neumann, himself a violinist and conductor, questions the validity of the rigid principles applied to their performance. In this controversial work, available for the first time in paperback, he argues that strict constraints are inconsistent with the freedom enjoyed by musicians of the period. The author takes an entirely new look at ornamentation, and particularly that of J. S. Bach. He draws on extensive research in England, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States to show that prevailing interpretations are based on inadequate evidence. These restrictive interpretations have been far-reaching in their effect on style. By questioning them, this work continues to stimulate a reorientation in our understandiing of Baroque and post-Baroque music.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691027074
ISBN-10: 0691027072
Format: Paperback
(280mm x 216mm x 38mm)
Pages: 648
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1983
Country of Publication: United States

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