Background articles

Romanticism from Oxford Music Online:

Aesthetics from Oxford Music Online: (part III)

Romanticism from Oxford Art Online:

Hermeneutics from Oxford Music Online:


Hermeneutics from Cambridge Histories Online (History of Literary Criticism):

Rediscovering the language of Classical and Romantic performance (Early Music, Volume 41, Issue 1, February 2010, Pages 72-74):

Five Facets of Musical Expression: A Psychologist's Perspective on Music Performance:

From everyday emotions to aesthetic emotions: Towards a unified theory of musical emotions:

What does music express? Basic emotions and beyond:


Monday december 9

Video Daniel Levitin

Video Daniel Barenboim 

Monday december 16

Comparing three performances of Chopin's etude Op. 10 nr. 3: Murray Perahia, Amir Katz, Lang Lang.

Playlist on Spotify.

Listen to all three and try to describe how they differ in the handling of musical parameters (pitch, dynamics, metre & rhythm, articulation, colour(timbre).

This etude has the lable "Tristesse". What is its origin? Should this affect the performance and why?

Take a look at how many editions of the Etudes of Op. 10  are available there...

I have discussed these three performance also in my BLOG.

Monday january 13

Chopin Cello Sonata Op. 65 in G minor:

Example number 1 

Example number 2