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August 17, 2013

Saturday morning quotes 3.14: Taruskin part one

We all know the type – a thinking person who probes so deeply beneath the surface that he emerges in an explosion of subterranean dust, instigating a coughing fit that consumes everyone in the same breathing space.  A speaker-entertainer who effectively converts a reasonably thought-provoking question into a presentation intended to provoke controversy.  A pragmatist […]

October 30, 2021

Saturday morning quotes 8.26: Mignarda reading list

The pandemic appears to rage on, but what is visible to many of us is an ever increasing authoritarian presence that permeates our lives right down to when and where we are permitted to share our music. Since the entire world is now officially under watch by the finger-wagging thought police, it seems imprudent to […]

July 24, 2021

Saturday morning quotes 8.21: More on Context

Our last post posed contrasting points of view concerning musical performance, highlighting musical content versus performances that attempt to place music in its context. For obvious reasons, musical content is and should be the performer’s primary focus when offering obscure, unique or unfamiliar music to an audience. But placing music in its historical context can […]

July 4, 2020

Saturday morning quotes 7.47: Old is New

…And not necessarily improved. The botched painting restoration depicted here is an interesting example of what can result when careless or ill-informed individuals decide to reinterpret the rich legacy of our shared past.  Or, as the case may be, reinvent the past entirely to conform to our modern wishes, needs or resources.  This is a […]

April 11, 2020

Saturday morning quotes 7.40: Intertextuality

“…There are no innocent readers anymore.  Each overlays the text with his own perverse view.  A reader is the total of all he’s read, in addition to all the films and television he’s seen.  To the information supplied by the author, he’ll always add his own.  And that’s where the danger lies: an excess of […]

June 27, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.5: Conventions

With apologies for the gap in time since our last post, we pick up a few steps beyond where we left off.  Still more physical frailties and medical interventions have acted to divert our focus, but we resume with a firm foothold on our main theme, early music and the lute.  We had to put […]

April 7, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.3: Improv

“…[T]he modern reconstructionist movement has produced many scrupulous realizers of musical notation but has yet to produce a single genuine master of improvisation, which we all know to be nine-tenths of the Renaissance and Baroque musical icebergs.” – Richard Taruskin, “On Letting the Music Speak for Itself: Some Reflections on Musicology and Performance”, The Journal […]

March 31, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.2: Intentions

“…[M]usic can never under any circumstances but electronic speak for itself. In the case of notated music there is always a middle man, even if it is only ourselves as we contemplate the written symbols.” –  Richard Taruskin One’s ideas evolve over time, and our years of tireless research into honest and effective performance of […]

March 24, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.1: Authenticity redux

We finally reemerge with our series of Saturday morning quotes after more than a year of hiatus.  Those faithful readers who have followed our series will know the general thrust of our approach, which remains unchanged and as committed as ever.  But for new readers, we will say that our series of quotes past and […]

January 16, 2016

Saturday morning quotes 5.35: Perspective

After reading publicity materials from yet another young baroque band, proudly trumpeting their flamboyant and extrovert performances—employing baroque music as a medium for social change—we pause briefly to reset the badly sprung taste meter. Pity poor baroque music, thrust into an unflattering and entirely unsuitable role. It was never meant to act as an agent for […]