Notes Become Music: A Guidebook from the Viennese Piano Tradition

1st Edition

Walter Fleischmann

Routledge
July 4, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 128 Pages
ISBN 9780367202262 - CAT# K418546

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Notes Become Music: A Guidebook from the Viennese Piano Tradition addresses the many unwritten nuances of dynamics, articulation, and agogics that form the fundamental principles of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European music. It treats the score as an incomplete musical shorthand that outlines the compositional and interpretive imperatives implicit within it, drawing on historical records of the period and detailed comparisons of works to underline the author’s presentation of Viennese tradition.

This book is not primarily concerned with questions of style or interpretation. Rather, it explains the many facets of musical notation that were taken for granted by composers who assumed a knowledge of the piano tradition of their day. Notes Become Music informs not only those students in countries where the central European music tradition is still unfamiliar, but also a younger generation of Europeans who have grown up without a living connection to their musical past.

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