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RE: Improv scares me

" The comment about Debussy seems odd, as Debussy was supposedly a fanatic about players following his score as closely as possible".

I think that the comment may have meant up to (but not including) Debussy.

Some of the evidence for historic practices is fascinating. I remember reading a novel ( probably E.F Benson or Dorothy L. Sayers) a couple of years ago. One of the characters enquires of another " Have you adopted that new fashion for not applauding after movements?". The Benson novel was written, set in and published during the 1920s and the Sayers the 1930s. So this implies that this restraint in audience reaction may be as recent an occurence as after the first World War. In many cases I personally find the practice very artificial.

However all this is stepping into the waters of HIP so best keep schtum :-)


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