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Performance practice, musical
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Performance practice in music is the overall term for the techniques, rules, and customs that mediate between the notated music and the played sound. Coined in specialist usage around 1920, it is thus not synonymous with the concept of musical interpretation, which was already used sporadically by the mid-19th century but itself only became established later in the 20th century, and which is far more strongly associated with the creative business of interpreting music than with the technical aspects of how to perform it. On performance practice in literature (i.e. drama), cf. Theate…

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Hinrichsen, Hans-Joachim, “Performance practice, musical”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017181>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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