Unpremeditated Art

Unpremeditated Art : Cadenza in the Classical Keyboard Concerto

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A soloist seeking to provide a cadenza for a classical concerto is faced with an aesthetic dilemma: whether to improvise in the style of the composer of the concerto or in his own personal style, which, if in a modern idiom, would go against the prevalent trend towards "authentic " performance. The purpose of this book is not, however, to suggest to present day performers how they should solve the cadenza problem. This book offers a history of the cadenza in the classical keyboard concerto repertoire, with the intention of contributing towards a better understanding of its changing nature and function during the period under consideration. The origins, the growth, and the eventual decline of the convention are all examined, and the contributions of such major composers as C.P.E.Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to this process are placed in a context which, it is hoped, will shed some light upon their intentions and expectations regarding "ad libitum" cadenzas. The particular study of keyboard cadenzas in part 2 of the book is placed in the context of a more general history of the cadenza from its origins to its decline, and it is this which forms the subject-matter of part 1. The book gives at least as much attention to the context of cadenzas as to their content.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 246 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 20mm | 547g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • music examples, tables, bibliography
  • 0193152630
  • 9780193152632

Table of contents

Part 1: What is a cadenza?; on the performance of cadenzas; when is a cadenza not a cadenza?; growth and decline. Part 2: late baroque cadenzas; C.P.E.Bach and the cadenza; other composers in Germany and Austria; Mozart and the cadenza; Haydn and the cadenza; outside Germany and Austria; viotti and the cadenza; Beethoven and the cadenza; the Virtuoso concerto.show more