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  • (2008) Fabian, Dorottya; Dogantan-Dack, Mine
    Book Chapter
    The growing emphasis on performance in recent musicological research has fostered various arguments to be put forth regarding the relationship between performance and the musical score. Similarly, discussions of sound recordings often debate the relationship between live performance and studio recordings. This paper revisits these issues drawing on a specially conducted survey, published comments and views of artists and researchers, analysis of multiple recordings (both live and in the studio) of the same work by the same artist, and listeners’ perception of these interpretations. In doing so it searches the question whether sound recordings are appropriate documents for the historical study of musical performance and interpretative styles.

  • (2005) Fabian, Dorottya; Vikarius, Laszlo; Lampert, Vera
    Book Chapter
    Starting with an overview of the early reception, performance and editorial history of Bach’s Sei Solo a Violino senza basso accompagnato (BWV 1001-1006), it discusses sound recordings made during the 20th century. Examining aspects of interpretation such as ornamentation, rhythmic projection and articulation, it compares over forty different versions spanning from Joachim’s 1903 recording to releases in 2002. It notes various trends in overall conception (i.e. approaches to slow, fugal and dance movements), use of vibrato, choice of expressive means and an increasing individuality among interpretations from the last 10 years. Discussion of recordings from the last quarter of the 20th century illustrates the differences between ‘modern’ and ‘historically informed’ performance and shows how contemporary violinists using modern instruments may emulate the period style through bowing, articulation and the projection of metre and pulse. Software assisted analyses inform the comparison of vibrato and bowing. A systematic reporting of tempo choices questions the claim that performances have become faster with the passing of time.