The Notation Is Not the Music

The Notation Is Not the Music : Reflections on Early Music Practice and Performance

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Written by a leading authority and artist of the historical transverse flute, The Notation Is Not the Music offers invaluable insight into the issues of historically informed performance and the parameters-and limitations-of notation-dependent performance. As Barthold Kuijken illustrates, performers of historical music should consider what is written on the page as a mere steppingstone for performance. Only by continual examination and reexamination of the sources to discover original intent can an early music practitioner come close to authentic performance.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 5 b&w illus., 2 music exx.
  • 0253010608
  • 9780253010605
  • 270,401

Table of contents

1. The Underlying Philosophy
2. My Way Towards Research
3. The Limits of Notation
4. The Notation, Its Perception and Rendering
5. Outlook
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Review quote

In a climate where marketing and convenient practicalities have increasingly tended to overwhelm historical evidence, Kuijken's book is timely and worthwhile. * Performance Practice Review *
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About Barthold Kuijken

Barthold Kuijken is Professor of Baroque Flute and Head of the Early Music Section at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and The Hague.
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