Ursidae: The Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado

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Jonathan Bellman


Performers oftentimes learn music without taking the time to learn about the work historically. Oftentimes this kind of research into the performance practices of the time can be key to successfully playing a piece of music in the way it was intended by the composer. Although there are many different concepts that can be considered when studying a piece of music, I have specifically focused my research on the instrument the piece was written for, the articulation styles used, the type of tone produced and expected, how ornamentation and embellishment is approached, and how cadenzas were written and used. In this manuscript I have focused on a single specific work for my own instrument, W.A. Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D Major, K.314, and applied these concepts to how I would as a musician consider when approaching performing the piece.

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