This book is concerned with musical performance in what is known as the "Viennese Classical Period". In order to show how the performing style of this period evolved, and to show the impact of Beethoven's third and last creative period on later generations of musicians, the author has had to describe briefly both the preceding style (the Style Galant) and that of the Romantic School.
This book attempts to describe some of the rules and conventions which governed musical performance in the times of Mozart and Beethoven and is a sequel to the author's previous book, The Lost Tradition in Music: Rhythm and Tempo in J. S. Bach's Time ( A. & C. Black Ltd., London, and Oxford University Press, Inc., New York).
It is not expected that all the rules mentioned in this book should be applied by every modern performer, but the author believes that the knowledge of the performing conventions of the past will help greatly in understanding and carrying out the intentions of two great masters: Mozart and Beethoven.
I wish to express my sincere thanks to Dr Hedwig Kraus, Director of the Library of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Vienna; to Professor Dr Joseph Schmidt-Görg, Director of the Beethoven Haus, Bonn; to Miss Lonny Epstein, New York; to Professor Erich Hertzmann, New York, all of whom permitted me to study some autographs and facsimiles of Mozart's and Beethoven's works; and to Mr Robin Golding, who edited this book with great understanding and care.