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Title The art of musical phrasing in the eighteenth century : punctuating the classical "period" / Stephanie D. Vial.
Author Vial, Stephanie.
Imprint Rochester : University of Rochester Press, 2008.
Description xvi, 358 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
Call # 781.43 V
Series Eastman studies in music ; [v. 55]
Eastman studies in music ; v. 55.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-341) and index.
Summary "There are, of course, no commas, periods, or question marks in music of the Baroque and Classic eras. Nonetheless, the concept of 'punctuating' music into longer and shorter units of expression was richly explored by many of the era's leading composers, theorists, and performers. The Art of Musical Phrasing in the Eighteenth Century gathers and discusses, for the first time, an extensive collection of quotations and musical illustrations relevant to phrase articulation and written and unwritten rests. Among the notable authors cited and discussed are Muffat, Telemann, C. P. E. Bach, Mattheson, Marpurg, Tartini, and Mozart's father Leopold (author of the most important eighteenth-century treatise on string playing). On a larger scale, The Art of Musical Phrasing demonstrates the role of punctuation within the history of rhetoric during the Age of Enlightenment. From this, the performer of today can gain a greater appreciation for both the strengths and shortcomings of the analogy that writers of the day drew between punctuation in written language and in music. Modern performers, argues Vial, have the challenge and responsibility of understanding and conveying the nuances, inflections, and rhythmic gestures deeply embedded in eighteenth-century musical notation. The Art of Musical Phrasing, the fruit of Vial's rich experience as a cellist performing on both period and modern instruments, lays out long-needed practical suggestions for achieving this goal."--Publisher's website.
Contents Part 1. Establishing an historical perspective: Musical punctuation, the analogy ; A surprisingly complex and lively picture of pointing theory ; Musical "resting points of the spirit" -- Part 2. The art of interpreting rests: Written and unwritten rests ; Punctuation vs. articulation ; Affective punctuation -- Part 3. Case studies in musical punctuation: Musical prose--F.W. Marpurg's Essay on the punctuation of recitative ; Musical verse--Johann Mattheson's "Curious specimen" of a punctuated minuet -- Afterword -- Appendix A. Translation of Marpurg's Lessons on musical punctuation, from His Kritische Briefe ├╝ber die Tonkunst, vol. 2 -- Appendix B: Chronological chart of punctuation references.
Subject Performance practice (Music) -- History -- 18th century.
Music -- Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.)
Musical notation.
Music -- Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.) (OCoLC)fst01030374
Musical notation. (OCoLC)fst01030779
Performance practice (Music) (OCoLC)fst01057874
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 1580460348 (hardcover) :
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