On Now

Listen to the Stream
  • Suite from It's a Wonderful Life 10:45 Dmitri Tiomkin
    Royal Philharmonic
    David Newman
    Buy Now
  • Spirit of the Season/Seeing is Believing/Suite from Polar Express 10:30 Alan silvestri
    Studio Orchestra
    Alan Silvestri
    Buy Now
Playlist

You can now listen to Classical and Choral Music on your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) or Android device.

Blog Archive

August 2008
S M T W T F S
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31            


Master Archive

Contact Us

Purchase the Music

  • Buy the music you've heard on-air! Your purchase helps support our classical service.
    ArkivMusic

Services

Classical Notes

On Musical Authenticity

Posted at 2:55 PM on August 26, 2008 by Gillian Martin

Conductor Philippe Herreweghe specializes in "early music," but tonight in Edinburgh, Scotland, he's conducting a Mass by late-19th-century composer Anton Bruckner. He talks about how his experience in the "early music" movement informs how he conducts more recent pieces of music:

But what I am searching for is not "authenticity" in the way this term is usually understood. We cannot hear Bach's cantatas as the congregation in Leipzig heard them because we are very different people, just as we cannot hear Bruckner's music as he heard it. But what we can hear, or can help to communicate as performers, is an authenticity in the sense of allowing the music to be true to itself.

Read the whole essay here.