The Notation Is Not the Music

Reflections on Early Music Practice and Performance

by Barthold Kuijken

Published by: Indiana University Press

144 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 5 b&w illus., 2 music exx.

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253010605
  • Published: September 2013


  • eBook
  • 9780253010681
  • Published: September 2013


Written by a leading authority and artist of the historical transverse flute, The Notation Is Not the Music offers invaluable insight into the issues of historically informed performance and the parameters—and limitations—of notation-dependent performance. As Barthold Kuijken illustrates, performers of historical music should consider what is written on the page as a mere steppingstone for performance. Only by continual examination and reexamination of the sources to discover original intent can an early music practitioner come close to authentic performance.