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How to stay true to a composer's intentions

How to stay true to a composer’s intentions

In his 1981 book The Composer’s Advocate, Erich Leinsdorf proposed a philosophy of musical performance based on three premises:- 1. Great composers knew what they wanted. 2. The interpreter must have the means at his disposal to grasp the composer’s intentions. 3. Music must be read with knowledge and imagination – without necessarily believing every […]

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