Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Departmental Honors




The purpose of the present essay is to attempt the formulation of a plausible approach to the interpretive performance of music. Such, if successful, would be of special import in the effective and thoughtful rendition of all music; but especially in those numerous cases where application of performance practice is conjectural. This does not constitute an attempt at the definition of "authentic performance". Rather it is an effort in the direction of the establishment of defensible and especially of objective interpretive guidelines. By no means do I submit that this approach is the only plausible one; but the one which is most reliable in my experience. Likewise, I intend no notion that my understanding should supersede that of any person or example herein cited. I simply mean to formulate and codify the approach which seems to present itself most logically and objectively from my own experience and from the reading of the chosen source materials.

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Music Commons



Faculty Mentor

F. Dean Madsen