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Historiskt informerade framföranden: några kritiska reflektioner kring en övergiven diskussion

Journal article
Authors Tobias Pontara
Published in Svensk tidskrift för musikforskning
Pages 57-77
ISSN 0081-9816
Publication year 2008
Published at
Pages 57-77
Language en
Keywords early music movement, historically informed performances, performance practice, historical authenticity, personal authenticity, modernism, verisimilitude
Subject categories Musicology


There is a widespread consensus among musicologists that the debate over histori- cally informed performances has long since lost its actuality. The received wisdom seems to be that such performances are best described as expressions of present day, or more specifically modernist, aesthetic ideals. Another influential line of thought holds that the spurious search for historical authenticity is irreconcilable with the performing musicians personal authenticity, a view that in turn is closely related to a common scepticism against any form of combination or mix-up between musical performance and musicological research. Beliefs like these have been largely respon- sible for the general decrease in interest over the nature and purpose of historically informed performances during the last decade. The present article considers some of the more well-known arguments behind such beliefs and argues that they, contrary to what many scholars seem to think, are far from conclusive. Although there is no attempt to put forward any final solutions to these issues some tentative conclusions are nevertheless suggested. Thus, the central concern of the article is a plea for a reo- pening of a discussion that was abandoned too early on too feeble grounds.

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