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Early Music: A Very Short Introduction

Early Music: A Very Short Introduction  

Thomas Forrest Kelly

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365784
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199730766.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199730766
A Very Short Introduction
1. What does “early music” mean?

1. What does “early music” mean?  

Kelly Thomas Forrest

in Early Music: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365784
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199730766.003.0001
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780199730766
1. What does “early music” mean? This is a book about the music of the past. Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music have been repeatedly discarded and rediscovered ever since they were new. For me and for many readers, the music is beautiful and intriguing; it expands our horizons and nourishes our souls. Why revive old music? There is already so much music in the world, so much being created every day, so much readily available in broadcast and recording media, that we can never listen to all of it. Why then do we make such an effort to revive music
5. Performing issues

5. Performing issues  

Kelly Thomas Forrest

in Early Music: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365784
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199730766.003.0005
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780199730766
5. Performing issues An important aspect of early music, a way of defining it dynamically, is the effort to take a piece of music on its own terms, to perform music in its own way. If we grant that each piece of music comes into existence in a specific time and place, reflecting its own culture, then it follows that its audience was used to the musicians and the performing styles of that period. If we want to reflect that cultural background, if we want to have the sound-experience that listeners had when that piece was new, we should perform
6. The modern early-music revival

6. The modern early-music revival  

Kelly Thomas Forrest

in Early Music: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365784
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199730766.003.0006
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780199730766
6. The modern early-music revival The study of older music is characteristic of newer times. Why this should be so is a study more about modern culture than about music itself. Do we turn to the past because we prefer it to the present, like those in the Middle Ages who were convinced that the world was gradually deteriorating? Do we prefer music that seems somehow accessible to us, in that it is music that we ourselves might be able to play or sing, if we only worked at it a bit? (We certainly could not play, say, a Rachmaninoff

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