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Music Is More Than Technique

A Guide to Why and How

Dennis Shrock

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In recent decades, the classical music of past eras has appeared on concert programs less and less frequently despite its historical significance and artistic merit.

In this volume, noted scholar Dennis Shrock argues that expressive performances which transcend mere technical precision—correct notes, rhythms, and articulations—will generate renewed interest in the musical masterpieces of the past.

Using primary source quotations and music excerpts from the Medieval through Modern eras, Shrock explains how to perform historic music authentically and artfully, revealing its innate nature as intended by the composer.

In this way, the music of past eras—like its counterparts in visual art and architecture—may be “restored” to its original state and appreciated by performers and audiences alike, ensuring its continued relevance and rightful place on concert programs for generations to come.

A balance of scholarship and practical performance tips, Music Is More Than Technique is a must-have reference for conductors of school, community, and professional ensembles.

Dennis Shrock is author of eleven books, three published by Oxford University Press and the remaining eight published by GIA Publications. He has held faculty positions at Boston University, Westminster Choir College, and the University of Oklahoma. He has also served as Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and was a lecturer and member of the conducting staff at Yale University. Shrock received his master’s and doctoral degrees in choral conducting from Indiana University.

Categories: History, Performance Practice, Reference/Textbooks

Number of Pages: 216

Format: Softcover

Discipline: Choir, Orchestra