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18th-19th c. Performance Practice: primary sources

A guide oriented toward but not exclusively for the use of Dr. Francesca Brittan's MUHI 342/442 course

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Early recordings give us a window on Romantic performance practice. Several examples are linked below. Also included is a link to our research guide for analog sound recordings.

Selected HIP recordings

What follows is a selection of period instrument recordings in the Kulas collection. These include unusual instruments, unusual repertoire, or both.

Finding recordings

CD recordings in the Kulas Music Collection are organized using ANSCR (Alpha-Numeric System for Classifying Recordings).
It is not necessary to understand how ANSCR works to borrow recordings, but it's to the user's advantage to have a general sense of how the recordings are organized. ANSCR uses four 'categories' to group like recordings together by genre. In the brief guide linked below, you can read more about the genre categories.

Should you wish to browse the liner notes at the library, you'll most likely find early music ensembles in categories 'E' (orchestral), 'F' (chamber music) or 'H' (band/wind ensemble), though you may also find a few in 'A' (general music).

Locating recordings

When searching CDs in the online catalog, most record results will include two call numbers for one CD. This is because CD discs and liner notes are filed separately. A staff member at Kelvin Smith Library can assist you to retrieve them. Please provide the call number(s) for the recording you'd like to borrow.

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