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The Art of Performance
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Translator's Introduction Editor's Introduction Sources and Editorial Procedure Plates 1: Musical Composition and Performance 2: Mode of Notation and Performance 3: The Technique of Playing the Piano 4: Non Legato 5: Legato 6: Staccato 7: Fingering 8: Dynamics 9: Tempo and Tempo Modifications 10: Rests 11: The Performance of Older Music 12: On Practicing Appendixes Notes Selected Bibliography with Annotations Index of Musical Examples

About the Author

Heribert Esser has had a long and distinguished career as a conductor. He was music director of the Braunschweig State Theater and has been a guest conductor on every continent, conducting a wide repertoire of symphonic music as well as opera. Irene Schreier is a pianist who has performed widely in Europe, Israel, and the Americas. She is Artist-Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music.

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"We are most fortunate that Oxford University Press has published Heribert Esser's edition of The Art of Performance in a lucid translation by Irene Schreier Scott. This book is a first-hand account of what Schenker taught: it permits us to eavesdrop on his lessons, so to speak, putting us in the position of one of his student...[T]he book is an outstanding achievement."--Music Theory Spectrum "This brief work is the most illuminating guide to performance and interpretation I have read." --Richard Goode, pianist "We are most fortunate that Oxford University Press has published Heribert Esser's edition of The Art of Performance in a lucid translation by Irene Schreier Scott. This book is a first-hand account of what Schenker taught: it permits us to eavesdrop on his lessons, so to speak, putting us in the position of one of his student...[T]he book is an outstanding achievement."--Music Theory Spectrum "This volume where Schenker gives advice to performers in general, pianists in particular, on how to fulfil the demands inherent in those layers of musical material behind the foreground is a very helpful adjunct to his profound analyses. There are some very ingenious, unusual, and helpful ideas that can give life to, and must be used in conjunction with, his analytical visions." --Murray Perahia "Heinrich Schenker was the most influential music theorist of the twentieth century and one of the most original and profound musical thinkers of all time. This book is full of stimulating and provocative ideas, and it is one that will be a valuable addition to the library of every literate and thoughtful performing musician, every advanced student of performance, and every theorist and musicologist with an interest in performance." --Carl Schachter, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York "This brief work is the most illuminating guide to performance and interpretation I have read. It gives new life to essential, too often neglected principles of music-making, and points the way toward a flexible style of playing that grows directly out of the intrinsic qualities of the music. Properly understood, Schenker's liberating insights will inspire musicians to realize the composer's wishes in freer, more imaginative and meaningful ways." --Richard Goode, pianist

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