Musical Form and Musical Performance Author:Edward T. Cone In this illuminating study, Edward T. Cone discusses the problem of how o achieve valid and effective musical performance. In three penetrating essays, he considers the nature of musical form, the aims of the performer and the means of achieving them, and the relation of musical style to performance. Special emphasis is placed upon the importanc... more »e of perceiving and communicating the rhythmic life of a musical work, which the author regards as the performer's most fundamental task. A concluding chapter treats the problems of esthetic perception, outlining the philosophical basis underlying the author's approach. The essays are illustrated with numerous music examples, giving concrete form to the principles under discussion.
Although directed primarily at the thoughtful performer, the book's insights into musical form and style will be of equal interest to the musically-oriented layman who wishes to increase his perception and discrimination as a listener.« less