The Musical Dialogue : Thoughts on Monteverdi, Bach and Mozart
Nikolaus HarnoncourtISBN: 1574670239;
Amazon.comNikolaus Harnoncourt has been one of the most important and influential leaders of the 20th-century revival of Baroque instruments and period performance practice--not just because he's a hardworking and talented musician, but because he's articulate. (He has had to be articulate: in the 1960s and 1970s, most of the classical-music establishment was contemptuous of, if not downright hostile to, his ideas.) The Musical Dialogue , along with Harnoncourt's Baroque Music Today: Music as Speech (to which this volume was issued as a companion), is a valuable collection of lectures and essays laying out those ideas. In the previous book, Harnoncourt discussed his views on phrasing (using short phrases based on the idea of rhetoric rather than on a long, unbroken legato line) and the use of period instruments (not simply because the composer used them, but because, when played well, they reveal more of the music to our ears now). In The Musical Dialogue ,...
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