Some thoughts on editing

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Changes and improvements.

..."susceptible to improvement". I think it is fair to say that this "inexact science", as imperfect it is, is more susceptible to...ongoing changes, not always leading to..."improvements". I have almost never noticed a period recording or performance sounding as another one and, often, the pioneer ones sound still fresher and more convincing than so many other more contemporary efforts towards the "known" baroque conventions.

Parla

"susceptible to improvement"

parla wrote:

..."susceptible to improvement". I think it is fair to say that this "inexact science", as imperfect it is, is more susceptible to...ongoing changes, not always leading to..."improvements". I have almost never noticed a period recording or performance sounding as another one and, often, the pioneer ones sound still fresher and more convincing than so many other more contemporary efforts towards the "known" baroque conventions.

Parla

 

True.  "Historical accurate performance," for me at least, simply shows us how certain music would have been performed say, three hundred years ago.  Useful, informative, aesthetically pleasing--to some--but not inherently superior to alternative approaches on modern instruments.

And, as you say, the latest,

And, as you say, the latest, presumably more historically accurate performances aren't necessarily superior in any way to their predecessors.

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