Early Music: A Very Short Introduction

Early Music A Very Short Introduction From Gregorian chant to Bach s Brandenburg Concerti the music of the Medieval Renaissance and Baroque periods is both beautiful and intriguing expanding our horizons as it nourishes our souls In t

  • Title: Early Music: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: Thomas Forrest Kelly
  • ISBN: 9780199730766
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Gregorian chant to Bach s Brandenburg Concerti, the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods is both beautiful and intriguing, expanding our horizons as it nourishes our souls In this Very Short Introduction, Thomas Forrest Kelly provides not only a compact overview of the music itself, but also a lively look at the many attempts over the last two centFrom Gregorian chant to Bach s Brandenburg Concerti, the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods is both beautiful and intriguing, expanding our horizons as it nourishes our souls In this Very Short Introduction, Thomas Forrest Kelly provides not only a compact overview of the music itself, but also a lively look at the many attempts over the last two centuries to revive it Kelly shows that the early music revival has long been grounded in the idea of spontaneity, of excitement, and of recapturing experiences otherwise lost to us either the rediscovery of little known repertories or the recovery of lost performing styles, with the conviction that, with the right performance, the music will come to life anew Blending musical and social history, he shows how the Early Music movement in the 1960s took on political overtones, fueled by a rebellion against received wisdom and enforced conformity Kelly also discusses ongoing debates about authenticity, the desirability of period instruments, and the relationship of mainstream opera companies and symphony orchestras to music that they often ignore, or play in modern fashion.

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    1. Should be titled European music that's not that old: a very short introduction. I know older songs off the top of my head than described here but to hear them describe it the first song was written in the reign of Loius VIII by a white dude.

    2. The book is a nice introduction on the musical development from the music from the Middle Ages to the Baroque. It explains well the innovations during this period. It also sets out the problems of reconstructing the early music, the instruments, their sounds, and the problems in interpreting the scores. Research in this area is very important to get a better understanding. I share the conclusion that it is an illusion to reconstruct the music as it sounded in the 15-17 centuries. Even if it were [...]

    3. The content is interesting, but the book really needed an editor (or a better editor). It often assumes of the reader too much knowledge of musical history or theory, and it is frustratingly repetitive and unfocused in parts. Though there are some recommendations scattered throughout the text, one also wishes for a short discography of recommended recordings or at least a list of key works.The book achieved its aim as I do feel I have a bit more knowledge and historical context of early music, y [...]

    4. The Academy of Ancient Music was formed for the express purpose of reviving and playing 'old' music. It perhaps seems odd to us that it was founded in 1726, and a great deal of music was yet to be composed which would now seem pretty old in itself. The term 'early music' is clearly a relative one, and the consequent fluidity of its use is one that the author of this book takes a conspicuous delight in. He discusses at length the phenomenon of 'early music', by which he means the movement(s) to r [...]

    5. ALTE-MUSIK-INTRO ALS TOUR DE FORCEWährend mich beim Gröninger-Buch störte, dass der zu wenig auf Eigenschaften Alter Musik einging (zumal er das gut kann), dafür dann eher Lebenswege repräsentativer Musiker durch die (europ.) Länder nachvollzog - und zumindest einen roten Faden/eine Entwicklung durch die Geschichte skizzieren konnte -, enthält Thomas Forrest Kellys Buch zwar mehr zum Wesen Alter Musik, vermengt das aber als großes, kurzatmiges, durcheinandergehendes Faktenaufzählen ("Wa [...]

    6. A nice little book about early music, meaning European music that's old enough not to be part of the standard canon of so-called "classical music" or at least old enough to antedate modern "classical music" performance styles. In practice that means that coverage starts from the first manuscripts with musical notation that scholars can partly understand, which is partway through the Middle Ages, and continues all the way up through the eighteenth century. The explanation of how harmony developed [...]

    7. This information has potential to become drier and drier. This book presents what you need to know, without giving you cotton mouth. Great read if you need to know a weirdly large amount about early music. I love music so I enjoy knowing weirdly large amounts about it. That's why I gave this book a high rating.

    8. Short, easy to read, a great book (in paperback) to take out to the park or garden in summer because of its small size. Covers succinctly with a good overview of much of Early Music in its forms.

    9. This book is a fair survey of Early Music revivals in Europe and North America (I assume). He mentioned an orchestra in Japan but otherwise there was no acknowledgement of any relevant activity in Asia or the southern hemisphere. Is this ignorance or a considered judgement that nothing interesting has happened in early music in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile? Or a more general assumption that nothing of note ever happens south of the equator. It could be any of those things. Also there [...]

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