Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Baroque music performance: “Authentic” or “Traditional”

It has become fashionable over the last ten years to talk of “authentic” performances as if others are not, though in truth, the attempt to rediscover baroque music and its spirit has been with us since the mid-1800s.

But if there is a need to rediscover it, how was it lost in the first place? There is much evidence that until Bach’s death in 1750 the musical tradition was very much continuous. The music played and sung in the Leipzig church services when Bach was Cantor (from 1723 until his death in 1750) was not confined to what we would now call baroque. Far from it. Interwoven into the service among Bach’s own compositions were chorales and plainsong chants going back one, two and three hundred years in an unbroken...

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