Evidence of nineteenth-century piano performance practice found in recordings of Chopin's Nocturne, op. 15, no. 2, made by pianists born before 1900

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The recordings of pianists born before the turn of the century provide perhaps the most tangible link available to a previous performance practice. Evidence such as eye-witness accounts of live performances, editions and recorded performances of pianists born before 1900 suggest overwhelmingly that in the 19th century the printed page had nowhere near its present significance. This dissertation documents and compares temporal and dynamic deviations employed by a representative group of early recorded pianists with respect to both Chopin’s score and 19th century performance treatises. It features a unique methodology for evaluating and summarizing common piano performance approaches of the 19th century in fine detail.


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Date created 1977


Author Wodehouse, Artis Stiffey


Subject Piano music Interpretation
Subject Frédéric Chopin 1810-1849 Nocturnes piano op 15 No 2
Subject Music performance history
Subject DMA project
Subject Stanford University Music Department
Genre Thesis

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Wodehouse, Artis Stiffey. Evidence of Nineteenth-Century Piano Performance Practice Found in Recordings of Chopin's Nocturne, Op. 15, No. 2, Made by Pianists Born before 1900. D.M.A. project--Department of Music, Stanford University, 1977.


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