What do performers of today need to know to make an appropriate contribution to the musicof different eras? and what can all musiciansusefully learn from the experience of specialists in period performance? The Performer's Guides aim to answer these que stions in a clear, helpful and practical way.All three guides include a historical introduction, a detailed account of how the music of the period was notated and how performers were expected to interpret it. It also includes a guide to sources and editi ons. Further chapters give specialist advice to keyboard players, string players, wind players and singer. The contributors are all musicians with both scholarly expertise and practical experience; they include several leading performers. The text is illu strated with music examples, facsimiles and pictures,and in sound by a full-length CD of excerpts from a wide range of recordings.
Contributors: Sir Roger Norrington – Introduction; Hugh Macdonald – Historical Background; Clive Brown – Notation and Interpretation; Roy Howat – Keyboard; Robin Stowell – Strings; Trevor Herbert – Wind Instruments; David Mason – Singing; Robert Pascall – Sources and Editions