Dr Dorottya Fabian: Lecture Details and Video

Dr Dorottya Fabian, University of New South Wales

Wednesday 18 January 2012

Trends and Individual Artistic Signatures in Recordings of Bach’s Solo Violin Works

Trends and Individual Artistic Signatures in Recordings of Bach’s Solo Violin Works

Dr Fabian’s presentation draws on her ongoing research into changing styles of performance practice as evidenced on sound recordings.  The paper will focus on J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin.  Apart from sketching general trends in the works’ performance history on record (1903-2010), the outcomes of studying closely individual artists and their personal style will be discussed. Dr Fabian will summarize differences among early 20th-century violinists (e.g. Szigeti, Menuhin, Heifetz, Milstein) as well as more recent ones (e.g. Podger, Huggett, Luca, Gringolts, Mullova, Faust) to challenge the widely held view that performance has become homogenous since the growth of the recording industry. The results of aural and computer-aided analyses as well as listeners’ responses to certain recordings will be reported.

 

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