The 'Early Music' or 'Historical Performance Practice' movement strives for a historically appropriate style of performance on the basis ...
The 'Early Music' or 'Historical Performance Practice' movement strives for a historically appropriate style of performance on the basis of surviving scores, treatises, instruments and other contemporary evidence. While, to begin with, it mainly concentrated on performing repertoire from Renaissance and Baroque, today the movement has spread to include Classical and Romantic repertoires. Although, initially, the movement was small and clearly distinct from the conventional classical music scene, some early-music conventions have been widely accepted and absorbed by the mainstream classical music market during the last two decades. However, in the same process musicians have lost interest in research and experiment and formed a mainstream of historically informed performance practice, which heavily relies on established clichés of 'historical' practices. The ensemble Musica Poetica swims against this tide and renew the radicality of the movement's first decades.