Research Works: In Search of a Lost Language – Performing in Early-Recorded Style (Strings)
Research Works: In Search of a Lost Language – Performing in Early-Recorded Style in Viola and String Quartet Repertoires
Dr Emlyn Stam (Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts)
Early recordings made between the 1880s and mid-1930s reveal a wide gap between the performance practices of a century ago and those of today. Acknowledging this gap means questioning current beliefs that performers should conform to composers’ intentions as represented by their scores and prevailing agreed-upon ideas about how those scores should sound.
Combining the study of relevant literatures on early-recorded style with historical research, and the detailed analysis and ‘all-in’ copying of early recordings, Dr Emlyn Stam aims to answer the question: how might viola and string quartet playing in the performer-centered, moment-to-moment and communicative style heard on early recordings be brought about today?
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