Friday, March 04, 2005

The Lamest Journal Club post ever

The latest issue of Music Theory Online is now available. It is a special issue devoted to the topic of Performance and Analysis. The three articles are a reprise of a special session from the 2004 conference of the Society for Music Theory. Nicholas Cook writes about the interaction of performer and score, using Bryn Harrison's ĂȘtre-temps to make his point that the distinction between jazz improvisation and performance from notated scores is a false one. William Rothstein explores the use of rubato in Chopin's Prelude in Ab major, Op. 28, no. 17. He mixes his previous theories of phrasing and form with the thoughts of David Epstein to defend rubato choices he made as a seventeen year-old. And Daphne Leong, with the help of flutist Elizabeth McNutt, argues that Milton Babbitt's "music finds an astonishing richness of expression within and because of its constraints, and that performers can similarly find interpretive freedom within the confines of the notated score."

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