The Historiography of the Twentieth-Century Classical Performer: Life, Work, Artistry

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jats:titleAbstract</jats:title>jats:pOne dominant issue in the writing of music histories is the question of how (or indeed whether) a musician's life and work can be interwoven convincingly. In recent years, music biographers have begun to reassess the historical legacies of many significant musicians with this issue in mind, but their critical reflections have for the most part focused on composers. This article seeks to transfer some of this rethinking – particularly on the life/work question – to the twentieth-century classical performer. Doing so reveals a historiography of the performer which sharply divides life and work in a way that is disciplinarily entrenched between biographical approaches on the one hand and empirical approaches to recordings on the other. After illustrating the nature and development of this division, I conclude by calling for greater scholarly convergence and suggest two directions forward, taking leads from artistic research and popular music studies in doing so.</jats:p>

3603 Music, 3604 Performing Arts, 36 Creative Arts and Writing
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Twentieth-Century Music
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Cambridge University Press (CUP)