Baroque Music Today: Music As Speech: Ways to a New by Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Baroque Music Today: Music As Speech: Ways to a New by Nikolaus Harnoncourt

By Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Love him or hate him, name him a pioneering genius or dusty and mannered, Nikolaus Harnoncourt merits loads of credits. not just did he lead the period-instrument circulation into its first significant successes (both inventive and advertisement) yet his principles approximately find out how to play Baroque- and Classical-era tune (and why to play it that method) have had huge, immense impression even on traditional symphony orchestras and their conductors. This quantity is a set of essays and lectures Harnoncourt has given through the years laying out these very rules. The name, Baroque track this present day, is whatever of a misnomer at this aspect: the most recent essay within the ebook dates from 1980, and the second one essay, "The Interpretation of ancient Music," is successfully the founding venture assertion (from 1954) of Harnoncourt's period-instrument orchestra, the Concentus Musicus of Vienna. whereas the occasional commentary turns out dated or arguable, and likely issues are repeated from bankruptcy to bankruptcy (the chapters have been initially separate lectures), such a lot of what Harnoncourt has to claim continues to be either instructive and persuasive.

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H. ] ADDISON, JOHN, the son of an ingenious village mechanic, at an early age displayed a taste for music, and learned to play upon several instruments. Having, about 1793, married Miss Willems, a niece of Reinhold, the bass singer, a lady possessed of a fine voice and considerable taste, he conceived the idea of pursuing music as a profession. Soon after her marriage Mrs. Addison made a successful appearance at Vauxhall Gardens. Addison then went with his wife to Liverpool, where he entered on his professional career as a performer on the double bass, an instrument to which, as an orchestral player, he afterwards confined himself.

E. J. ] ACCORDION (Ger. BandharmoniJca, also Ziehharmonilca). A portable instrument of the free-reed species, invented at Vienna by Damian, in the year 1829. It consists of a small pair of hand-bellows, to one side of which is affixed a key-board, containing, according to the size of the instrument, from five to fifty keys. These keys open valves admitting the wind to metal reeds, the latter being so arranged that each key sounds two notes, the one in expanding, the other in compressing the bellows.

Fi - li - um tu - urn. A . men. any single voice, either in the open air, or in 5. There are also the accents for reciting the buildings too large to be easily filled by any one Holy Scriptures, viz. the Cantus or Tonus person reciting in the perpetually changing tones lectionis, or ordinary reading chant; the Tonus of ordinary speech. They may also be con- Capituli for office lessons; the Cantus sidered as the impersonal utterance of the lan- Prophetarum the or Prophetiae, for reading the guage of corporate authority, as distinguished Prophets or other books not Gospels or Epistles ; from the oratorical emphasis of individual elo the Cantus Epistolae and Evangelii for the cution.

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