A Performer's Guide to Music of the Classical Period
- Exceptional value for money
The latest thinking on stylish performance presented in a clear, helpful and practical way. Includes chapters from leading experts on historical background, notation and interpretation, with specialist advice for keyboard, string and wind players, and singers. Book comes with a full-length CD of excerpts from authoritative recordings.
Also available: A Performer's Guide to Music of the Baroque Period and A Performer's Guide to Music of the Romantic Period
Books about performance are always treated with a great deal of scepticism by practising musicians so I was interested to see just what the AB wanted to achieve here. Each book has exactly the same format, covering historical background, notation and interpretation and then has chapters each devoted to the keyboard, strings, wind instruments and singing. A sources and editions section ties it all together. All the chapters have been written by specialists like Stephen Preston, so the books are crammed with information and are very well researched. They read easily and have plenty of visual activity on the page adding to the interest. The crowning glory however is the CD used to illustrate salient points in the text. They are full of really good performances including a transcription from a piano roll of Carl Reinecke playing Schumann. I'm sure these books will prove useful in all sorts of circumstances although not necessarily the one for which they are intended.