Beth P. Chen is a pianist, recording artist, and performance practice researcher. She aims to investigate the implications of composers’ original intention for performance practice, and to combine the beauty of the sound of modern instruments with historically-informed performance. This article relates to her paper on “The Implications of the...

Beth P. Chen is a pianist, recording artist, and performance practice researcher. She aims to investigate the implications of composers’ original intention for performance practice, and to combine the beauty of the sound of modern instruments with historically-informed performance. This article relates to her paper on “The Implications of the slur sign from Mozart to the first half of the 19th-century’s piano literature,” presented at the XIIIth International Congress on Musical Signification in 2016.

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Performing Chopin in the style of Chopin?

Interest in historically-informed performance continues to evolve as scholars and serious-minded pianists gain more knowledge regarding nineteenth-century performing styles. Though much progress has been made in this field, a question still remains: Is there a definitive performance practice that enables pianists to play the works of Chopin in the ...
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Playing composers' slurs: From Mozart to the nineteenth century

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In recent decades, scholars and publishers have reproduced composers' original notations in so-called Urtext editions. In these scholarly editions and facsimiles of composers' autographs, pianists will notice two slurring patterns—slurs obviously cutting off a phrase or a melody, or a slur ending before the bar line when the end of the phrase or me...
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