Category Archives: Performance Practice

Click Here for Gershwin

This year, the American Musicological Society’s national meeting was in Lou’vl, KY, and it has proven to be one of my favorite annual get-togethers: good program, papers, food, bourbon, networking, planning, socializing, jamming, even meetings…really, the whole lot. One of … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Jazz, Performance Practice, Recordings

Universal Language?

My mother is in her late 80s, and does not remember every last pearl of wisdom she dropped on me when I was growing up, but I enjoy reminding her of the ones that stayed with me. I cannot remember … Continue reading

Posted in Concert Culture, Education, Performance Practice | 2 Comments

Let Me Tell You a Story

Or four, or (really) seven. A Certain Young Man returned a couple of weeks ago from his summer internship in Washington, D. C. bearing gifts, including a recording of Chopin Ballades—plus three Nocturnes—by Nelson Goerner.  The recording was done in … Continue reading

Posted in Performance, Performance Practice, Piano, Recordings, Uncategorized

Asteria in Boulder

Jonathan Bellman Imagine the Platonic Ideal of a performance of songs about Love—Love incarnated as a poetic idealization.  You might conceive of vocal lines sinuously interwoven with the kind of insouciance born only from total contrapuntal command.  You might imagine performers able … Continue reading

Posted in Early Music, Performance, Performance Practice | 1 Comment

Reactions to the Record II

Jonathan Bellman So I’m back from Stanford; this meeting was absolutely superb (the first one in April 2007, which I reported here, was also superb). I have to love the sort of meeting where someone  (Denis Hall, actually) can come up to me at … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Performance Practice, Recordings | 5 Comments

A Fallacy Needing A Name

Jonathan Bellman Surely there must be a name for the logical fallacy of extrapolating a universal principle from one’s own personal experience.  I look in vain for one in David Hacket Fischer’s classic Historians’ Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought (1970).  (This was … Continue reading

Posted in Historiography, Performance Practice, Piano | 22 Comments

“I Kissed A Girl (And I Liked It)” — tragic version

Phil Ford Composer, blogger, Dial M commenter, and patriot Galen Brown (of Sequenza 21 fame) contributed one of the best musical parodies ever last summer — his great Dvorak "My Humps" remix. (Sadly, it appears to have been taken down.) … Continue reading

Posted in Humor, Performance Practice, Pop Culture | 16 Comments