The Art of Musical Phrasing in the Eighteenth Century: Punctuating the Classical Period Stephanie D. Vial

ISBN: 9781580460347

Published: June 1st 2008

Hardcover

358 pages


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The Art of Musical Phrasing in the Eighteenth Century: Punctuating the Classical Period  by  Stephanie D. Vial

The Art of Musical Phrasing in the Eighteenth Century: Punctuating the Classical Period by Stephanie D. Vial
June 1st 2008 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 358 pages | ISBN: 9781580460347 | 7.18 Mb

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 eras leadingMoreThere 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 eras 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 Mozarts 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 Vials rich experience as a cellist performing on both period and modern instruments, lays out long-needed practical suggestions for achieving this goal.



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