Since we are talking about an authentic instrument system in the performance of music of the 18th – early 19th centuries, I will share some observations.
One of the pioneers of authentic performance, the Swiss pianist Edwin Fischer did not even think about how far his simple idea would come to play instruments and compositions of earlier times. He played the piano, the structure of which he did not change, just like the instruments of his orchestra: this is heard from the recordings of Bach’s clavier concerts. Continue reading
Attempts to create a theory of solo singing have been undertaken repeatedly. Almost every vocal and methodical work of the XIX century claims to the level of theoretical generalization. “The theory of voice production”, “New theory of voice production”, “Textbook of singing”, “School of singing” are the names of vocal and pedagogical works in which information from related sciences is combined with methodological instructions. In addition to technical tasks, such works contained instructions of a musical, aesthetic and performing nature. Continue reading
The theory of musical performance, and in particular of its individual branches, has not yet been fully established. This conclusion exists in musicology and still, despite the high level of musical practice, prominent names of singers, instrumentalists, well-known groups (ensembles, chamber and symphony orchestras, opera theaters, etc.). On the other hand, there is no theoretical work on this problem at all. Continue reading