Understanding Mozart's Piano Sonatas

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Music - 157 pages
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This study of analysis, performance and reception of Mozart's piano sonatas is written from the perspective of a musicologist who is also a perfomer, and for whom analysis is always contextualized by reception issues rather than itself being the context.
 

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Contents

Pretexts
1
Reading Texts
19
Contexts
21
Horizons of Understanding
29
Editions
53
Approaching the Texts
75
Playing Texts
103
Instruments
105
Embellishing Mozarts Texts
117
Epilogue Listening to Texts
139
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John Irving is Director of the Institute of Musical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and Professor of Music History and Performance Practice at the University of Bristol. His previous books on Mozart include studies of the solo keyboard music, string quartets and piano concertos. He is also a fortepianist, performing and recording both on historic keyboards and modern copies.

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