October 12, 2015

Is worship of urtext a reductionist development in performance practice? I have been hearing more and more from students about how they wanted to be playing "just what composer intended in the score" and nothing else. This point of view, while on the surface appearing to be in service of the music, ultimately does a lot of damage to it by limiting honest experimentation, which is the only way to any kind of authentic and meaningful music making.

 

Can you imagine a director in the play telling actors to "just read the words on the page" without varying intensity, pacing, volume, body language an...

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