Theory into practice

Composition, Performance and the Listening Experience

Nicholas Cook, Peter Johnson, and Hans Zender

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'Theory into Practice. Composition, Performance and the Listening Experience' is the second publication in the series 'Collected Writings of the Orpheus Institute'. The series comprises articles concerning the activities of the Orpheus Institute.

The centrale theme of this book is the relationship between the reflections about and the relization of a musical composition. In his paper Words about Music, or Analysis versus Performance, Nicholas Cook states that words and music can never be aligned exactly with one another. He embarks on a quest for models of the relationship between analytical conception and performance that are more challenging than those in general currency.

Peter Johnson's article Performance and the Listening Experience: Bach's 'Erbarme dich' shows that a performance is an element within the intentionality of the work itself. He looks for scientific methods capable of proving the artisticity of a performance.

The composer Hans Zender, in his A Road Map for Orpheus?, states that a composer must be capable of questioning obvious basic principles (such as equal temperament) and finding creative solutions.

A dutch edition is also available.



  • Nicholas Cook
    Words about Music, or Analysis Versus Performance

  • Peter Johnson
    Performance and the Listening Experience: Bach's "Erbarme Dich"

  • Hans Zender
    A Roadmap for Orpheus? About non-Linear Codes of Music for the Descent into its Underworld


Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 240 × 150 mm

120 pages

ISBN: 9789061869948

Publication: November 24, 1999

Series: Geschriften van het Orpheus Instituut/Collected Writings of the Orpheus Institute

Languages: English

Stock item number: 59488