Listeners, performers, students and teachers will find here the analytical tools they need to understand and interpret musical evidence from the baroque era. Scores for eleven works, many reproduced in facsimile to illustrate the conventions of 17th and 18th century notation, are included for close study. Readers will find new material on continuo playing, as well as extensive treatment of singing and French music. The book is also a concise guide to reference materials in the field of baroque performance practice with extensive annotated bibliographies of modern and baroque sources that guide the reader toward further study. First published by Ashgate (at that time known as Scolar Press) in 1992 and having been out of print for some years, this title is now available as a print on demand title.
’Mary Cyr's wide experience shines through the succinctness of this very manageable guide to baroque performance practice. Essential materials are excellently chosen, and skillfully cogent bibliographies to each chapter inform readers of what to read if they wish to know more…..Chapters are arranged by clearly defined topics so that the reader can easily dip in according to his needs…..it should win many friends as a right-minded, 90s view of where we are at’. Richard Langham Smith, The Musical Times
Contents: Preface; Performance practice and Baroque sound; Tempo and spirit; Dynamics; Pitch, tuning and temperament; The basso continuo; Articulation; Rhythm and notation; Ornamentation; Appendices; Index.