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In considering the role of practical music in education this book explores the art of performance in Germany during the Baroque period. The author examines the large number of surviving treatises and instruction manuals used in the Lutheran schools during the period 1530-1800 and builds up a picture of the function and status of music in both school and church. This understanding of music as a functional art--musica practica--in turn gives us insight into contemporary performance of the sacred work of Praetorius, SchÜtz, Buxtehude or Bach.Read more
- Considers how the sacred music of, e.g. J. S. Bach, Schütz, or Buxtehude might have been sung at the time they were composed
- Contains much important information for anyone concerned with historic performance and 'authenticity'
- Relates music to the intellectual context of the Baroque period, especially to theology and philosophy
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"Butt advances clear and convincing principles...recommended for all academic libraries." M. J. Sickbert, ChoiceSee more reviews
"This well-wriiten book frames the complex topic of Baroque performance practice in its broad, historical context....it is an important addition to the conductor's library." Choral Journal
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- Date Published: December 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521034784
- length: 260 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.397kg
- contains: 3 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of plates
List of abbreviations
1. The establishment of Lutheran musical practice in the sixteenth century
2. The role of practical music in education c. 1600–1750
3. The contents, layout and style of instruction books
4. The development of performance practice and the tools of expression and interpretation in the German Baroque
5. Ornamentation and the relation between performer and composer
6. The decline of the Lutheran cantorates during the eighteenth century
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