Bach Interpretation: Articulation Marks in Primary Sources by John Butt

By John Butt

This learn is a complete evaluation of J. S. Bach's use of articulation marks (i.e. slurs and dots) within the huge physique of fundamental assets. Dr Butt analyses the position of such markings in the compositional method, how they relate to the norms of articulation of the interval, and the way they could help us in a deeper figuring out and review of Bach's variety. With its vast catalogue of the most typical slurring styles in accordance with a learn of over a hundred concerted vocal works, this e-book is important either for performers on all baroque tools, and for students with an curiosity in Bach's kind and resource experiences. It additionally contributes to our notion of Bach's place in track historical past: the aim of track within the Lutheran Germany of Bach's time and its rhetorical strength; the shut courting among composer and performer in the context of 'practical' tune; and the services and improvement of notation.

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Conspicuous examples of this process are found in arias such as ‘Pupille amate’, No. 21 from Lucio Silla (where the repetition of the first line is anticipated with respect to the melodic and harmonic return) or in the scena and aria (rondeau form) K255, ‘Ombra felice – Io ti lascio’, where the lines and formal sections are combined in an unusually free manner. The form of Mozart’s arias has often been related by critics to instrumental genres and forms, especially to the concerto and to sonata form.

Such particelli were learning vehicles for composer and singer alike, and it was part of the composer’s task to act as a teacher or coach to help the singer interpret the work. Concert arias enabled the singers to explore subjects of interest (for example a favourite text, role or dramatic situation) outside a full-scale opera production. While visiting London as a boy, Mozart studied singing with the castrato Giovanni Manzuoli, who later sang the title role in Ascanio in Alba (Milan, 1771). One of Mozart’s first arias, ‘Va, dal furor portata’, K21, might 20 arias, concert have been used in a pasticcio version of Ezio, given in London during the 1764– 5 season.

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