Performance Practice: A Dictionary-Guide for Musicians is a first-of-its kind, A-to-Z reference work for students, scholars, and listeners interested in learning more about how musical works were originally performed and subsequently changed over the centuries. It offers entries on composers, musicians/performers, technical terms, performance centers, musical instruments, and genres, all aimed at elucidating issues in performance practice. Compiled by a leading scholar in the field, this work will serve as both a point-of-entry for beginners as well as a roadmap for advanced scholarship in the field. It is illustrated by over 125 beautiful reproductions of musical instruments and of various vocal and instrumental ensembles gathered from around the world.
Roland Jackson is Professor Emeritus of Music, Claremont Graduate University.