Although a volume on musicology may seem out of place in a series of handbooks dealing with musical instruments, Denis Stevens's uniquely practical approach makes this introduction to musical research and scholarship resoundingly appropriate. Stevens provides, in his words, "a highly concentrated, Baedeker-type guide through the thickets and pitfalls of musical scholarship and its practical application (especially in earlier repertory)." Musicology is a science of enormous scope and diversity; this book allows students, performers, and music loves to understand--and to use--its fundamental tools. He begins with a lucid introduction to the vast literature of music: reference works and catalogues, dictionaries and encyclopedias, histories and inventories. In addition, Stevens surveys analytic and biographical works, and sets, facsimiles, and editions. Part II applies the basic concerns of musicology to the works of an increasingly popular (but vexing) era--the middle ages, the Renaissance, and the early Baroque. As an acclaimed conductor of this music, Stevens is superbly suited to explore many of the problems and controversies surrounding its performance. Focusing on the performance of vocal and instrumental works of this era, he demonstrates how to examine editions for possible errors, and how to make informed decisions on such chronic questions as ornamentation, vocal technique, and instrumentation. Musicians and music loves alike can use Stevens's knowing advice e to understanding the problems of accuracy and authenticity that plague the music of all periods. Rich with illustrations and musical examples, Musicology illuminates how fascinating and rewarding the field can be--for those who make music, or for those who are eager to expand their historical and critical knowledge.
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Book Description Schirmer Books, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st American edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0028725409
Book Description Schirmer Books, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0028725409
Book Description Schirmer Books, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0028725409