Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. John C. Tibbetts, Michael Saffle, William A. Everett
    Pages 1-6
  3. John C. Tibbetts, Michael Saffle
    Pages 7-43
  4. John C. Tibbetts
    Pages 45-68
  5. John C. Tibbetts
    Pages 69-106
  6. John C. Tibbetts
    Pages 107-157
  7. John C. Tibbetts
    Pages 159-175
  8. John C. Tibbetts
    Pages 177-225
  9. John C. Tibbetts
    Pages 227-238
  10. John C. Tibbetts, William A. Everett
    Pages 239-288
  11. John C. Tibbetts
    Pages 289-326
  12. John C. Tibbetts
    Pages 327-340
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 341-362

About this book


Performing Music History offers a unique perspective on music history and performance through a series of conversations with women and men intimately associated with music performance, history, and practice: the musicians themselves. Fifty-five celebrated artists—singers, pianists, violinists, cellists, flutists, horn players, oboists, composers, conductors, and jazz greats—provide interviews that encompass most of Western music history, from the Middle Ages to contemporary classical music, avant-garde innovations, and Broadway musicals.

The book covers music history through lenses that include “authentic” performance, original instrumentation, and social context. Moreover, the musicians interviewed all bring to bear upon their respective subjects three outstanding qualities: 1) their high esteem in the music world as immediately recognizable names among musicians and public alike; 2) their energy and devotion to scholarship and the recovery of endangered musical heritages; and 3) their considerable skills, media savvy, and showmanship as communicators. Introductory essays to each chapter provide brief synopses of historical eras and topics. Combining careful scholarship and lively conversation, Performing Music History explores historical contexts for a host of fascinating issues.


Music Performance History Music Performance Practice Musician Interview Musicology of Classical Music Composers and Performance

Editors and affiliations

  • John C. Tibbetts
    • 1
  • Michael Saffle
    • 2
  • William A. Everett
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Film and Media StudiesUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.Department of Religion and CultureVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  3. 3.Conservatory of Music and DanceUniversity of Missouri-Kansas CityKansas CityUSA

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