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The Baroque Case: Musical Upheavals

A classic example of the transmission of music through its objects is to be found in the recent evolution of musical tastes which the new interpretation of Baroque music constitutes, as opposed to its traditional interpretation. The tenants of modern interpretations of Baroque music developed the following counter-argument: this is the twentieth century. The debate was complicated by the existence of the nineteenth century between the age of the Baroque and the twentieth century. In particular, they restored the mediators of the musical world of the preceding century in their own way, introducing all the elements of their own musical world into the repertoire of Baroque music. The various components of historically informed interpretations of Baroque music are thus part of a continuum. The Baroques were much more innovative, since they on the contrary tried to retune the ear of contemporary audiences to early musical sounds.