New Release Books by Ian Pace

Ian Pace is the author of Brahms Performance Practice (2017) and Critical Perspectives on Michael Finnissy (2020).

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Brahms Performance Practice

release date: Jan 01, 2017
Brahms Performance Practice
This book brings together a combination of primary source research and a thorough reading of secondary literature as relates to performance of the music of Brahms. It considers in detail issues of Brahms''s preferences in terms of instruments, instrumental approach, the meanings of fundamental notational symbols such as the slur, orchestral size, tempo and tempo flexibility, Brahms''s preferred performers, the use of the style hongroise in the appropriate works and wider questions of exoticism and orientalism as pertain to performance, Brahms''s use of phrasing and metrical displacement and writing for the voice. Rather than dealing with these subjects in a generalized manner, it includes ample specific examples in order to suggest how ''applied performance practice research'' might operate. In so doing, it draws upon analytical work on Brahms in order to elucidate how performance strategies might articulate various underlying aspects of the music. It involves new findings in terms of sources relating to Brahms''s use of the slur, his preferences regarding the orchestra, his own activities as a performer (on the basis of contemporary reviews), and his relationship with particular conductors. There is also an in-depth look at Brahms''s engagement with folk music, suggestions of possible Turkish allusions, and their implications for performance. Throughout, sufficient source material (in the original language as well as in translations, some new) is provided for readers to be able to evaluate for themselves. Brahms''s letters and the memoirs of those who knew him in particular have been widely sourced. The engagement of Brahms with earlier music, often used as models for his own work, and the implications of such engagement for performance, is a recurrent concern throughout the book. Case studies include Brahms''s First Symphony, Piano Concerto No. 2, Liebeslieder and Neues Liebeslieder, String Quintet in G Op. 111, KlavierstÃ1/4cke Op. 118 and Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Op. 120 No. 2.

Critical Perspectives on Michael Finnissy

release date: Dec 18, 2020
Critical Perspectives on Michael Finnissy
The composer and pianist Michael Finnissy (b. 1946) is an unmistakeable presence in the British and international new music scene, both for his immeasurable generosity as prolific composer for many different types of musicians, major advocate for the works of others, and performer and conductor who has also been a driving force behind ensembles; he was also President of the International Society for Contemporary Music from 1990 to 1996. His vast and enormously varied output confounds those who seek easy categorisations: once associated strongly with the ''new complexity'', Finnissy is equally known as composer regularly engaged with many different folk musics, for working with amateur and community musicians, for a long-term engagement with sacred music, or as an advocate of Anglo-American ''experimental'' music. Twenty years ago, a large-scale volume entitled Uncommon Ground: The Music of Michael Finnissy gave the first major overview of the output of any ''complex'' composer. This new volume brings a greater plurality of perspectives and critical sensibility to bear upon an output which is almost twice as large as it was when the earlier book was published. A range of leading contributors - musicologists, composers, performers and others - each grapple with particular questions relating to Finnissy''s music, often in ways which raise questions relating more widely to new music, and provide theoretical foundations for further of study both of Finnissy and other composers.


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