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Expressiveness in historical perspective – 19th-century ideals and practices

Milsom, David (2014) Expressiveness in historical perspective – 19th-century ideals and practices. In: Expressiveness in Music Performance: Empirical Approaches Across Styles and Cultures. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 80-97. ISBN 9780199659647

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This chapter examines ways in which nineteenth-century musicians practiced expressivity. These methods differ strikingly from current, 'manistream' notions of what it is to play tastefully, and expressively, including notable distinctions compared to recent times in respect of tempo rubato, sychronicity of melody and accompaniment, as well as applications of vocal-derived devices such as portamento, and vibrato. The central tenet of the chapter is to summarise, with examples, how nineteenth-century expressivity differs from more recent, received notions, proposing that studies of expressivity need to be responsive to different chronological and cultural contexts.

Item Type: Book Chapter
AuthorPeres Da Costa,
Uncontrolled Keywords: Music performance, expressiveness, expressivity, nineteenth-century performance, historical performance, historically-informed performance, violin, piano, voice, singing, Joachim, Reinecke, Klindworth, Thalberg
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: David Milsom
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 13:02
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 12:10


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