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Performing Baroque Music Paperback – March 1, 2003

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'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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Mary Cyr is Professor of Music, Emerita, at the University of Guelph, Canada. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Amadeus Press (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574670433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574670431
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,562,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Cyr is a musicologist and professor emerita at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada). She holds a Ph.D. (1975) from the University of California, Berkeley, where she completed a dissertation on Jean-Philippe Rameau's opéra-ballet, Les fêtes d'Hébé. Her research interests include several areas of French Baroque music, specifically performance practice, iconography, the history of string instruments, source studies, and scholarly editing. Prior to her retirement in 2005, she also performed extensively as a viola da gamba soloist and Baroque cellist. She is currently conducting research on the viol music of Marin Marais and music of the Forqueray family.

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Format: Paperback
Mary Cyr's book on the performance of baroque music is a book that manages to be expert and readable at the same time. Cyr, a Viol da Gamba and cello player, stresses "both the boundaries and the freedom that were inherent in baroque performing techniques." Her discussions of articulation and of the "tempi and spirit" of this era of music are particularly lucid.

Book details about the Amadeus Press first edition of 1992...
Cloth over boards with a sewn binding; 254 pp. With dustjacket. List of Musical Examples. Tables, figures, 4 appendices (largely bibliographical.) Index.

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"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."
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