Early Music and Historically Informed Performance Practice

Historically Informed Performance Practice

Introduction to Historically Informed Performance Practice

An extract from the Introduction to Greg Dikmans, ‘The performance practice of early 18th-century French flute music’ (MA Thesis, La Trobe Uni, 1991).


The Performer as Orator:
Rhetoric and Historically Informed Performance

Extracts from a draft of Greg Dikmans, ‘The Performer as Orator: Rhetoric and Performance Practice’ (PhD Thesis, Melb Uni).


Johann Joachim Quantz on Historically Informed Performance

Extracts from Versuch einer Anweisung die Flöte traversiere zu spielen (Berlin, 1752)
[On Playing the Flute]


C.P.E. Bach on Historically Informed Performance

Extracts from Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen (Berlin, 1753/1762)
[Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments]


Leopold Mozart on Historically Informed Performance

Extracts from Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule (1755/56)
[A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing]


Quotations about Historically Informed Performance

Brief quotations and longer extracts from various (mainly 17th and 18th century) sources.


Affects in Italian and French music and the Baroque sonata


Reading Lists


Elysium, or Zen and the art of early music

Life, the universe and performance practice.

Some musings on the connections with Zen Buddhist philosophy and a brief discussion of Castiglione’s decoro, sprezzatura and gracia.