Composers’ Intentions?

Lost Traditions of Musical Performance

Boydell & Brewer £19.99

ISBN 9781783270323

‘…extensive, profoundly impressively researched…powerfully rewarding…surely a must for any specialist…a work of profound scholarship…The book deserves the highest praise… a wealth of learning… he has addressed and unfurled a large number of questions in a way that, for the earnest enquirer and meticulous specialist, will be absolutely invaluable.’ Roderick Dunnett, Music & Vision

‘Its erudition, energy and thoroughness are staggering… a wonderful resource for anyone thinking further about its topics.’   The Musical Times

‘an incalculably valuable contribution to some of the most important debates in early music … an immensely important book’   Early Music Today

‘This is essential reading … virtually anyone playing, enjoying or studying will find it invaluable.’   Early Music Review

‘generous and impressive …handsome and affordable … The writing is buoyant, urgent and enjoyable.’   Gramophone

‘Andrew Parrott is one of the most stimulating, thought-provoking explorers of our musical past. Never content with received opinion, he has unearthed challenging evidence about a range of controversial issues from Purcell’s singers to Monteverdi’s pitch, exploring performing practice from Machaut to Bach, and putting that into practice in his performances. These essential collected essays demonstrate a lifetime’s commitment to taking composers’ intentions seriously.’ Nicholas Kenyon