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Music Education and the Art of Performance in the German Baroque by John (University of Cambridge) Butt

Music Education and the Art of Performance in the German Baroque

Part of the Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs Series


Music Education and the Art of Performance in the German Baroque by John (University of Cambridge) Butt

In considering the role of practical music in education, this book attempts to define 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 'Latin' schools during the period 1530-1800 and builds up a picture of the function and status of music in both school and church. The understanding, gained through these educational texts, of music as a functional art - musica practica - in turn gives us insight into the thoughts of the contemporary performer and how he might have performed the sacred work of Praetorius, Schutz, Buxtehude or Bach. For all those interested in historical performance this book provides valuable information on the growing science of performance practice and the development of a conscious awareness of style and idiom in this period.


'Butt's organisation of his material is exemplary. He interprets contemporary comment helpfully, clarifying what is rudimentary and what is, or conceals, more sophisticated information.'
Musical Times

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Publication date

14th December 2006


John (University of Cambridge) Butt

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Cambridge University Press


260 pages




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