Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding

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John Rink
Cambridge University Press, Dec 12, 2002 - Music - 245 pages
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This book unravels the complexities of playing music and reveals aspects of learning, playing and responding to music relevant to performances of all levels. A survey of performance through the ages leads to a presentation of basic historical, analytical and psychological concepts. Four chapters follow on teaching, development, practice and memorization. The next section considers the "translation" from score to sound, physical projection, ensemble playing and performance anxiety. The final section addresses the act of listening, the legacy of recordings, music criticism and "performers on performance".
 

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Contents

Performing through history
3
Historical performance and the modern performer
17
Analysis and or? performance
35
Understanding the psychology of performance
59
Learning to perform
73
On teaching performance
75
Developing the ability to perform
89
Preparing for performance
102
Communicating with the body in performance
144
Ensemble performance
153
The fear of performance
168
Interpreting performance
183
Listening to performance
185
The legacy of recordings
197
The criticism of musical performance
213
Performers on performance
225

Memorising music
113
Making music
127
From score to sound
129

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