chapter  39
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In recent years, authenticity has become an end valued by many performing artists and audiences. Authentic performance could be a goal in any performing art: drama, dance or music. The authentic performance of music has, however, generated the most attention. The so-called early music movement is responsible for a phenomenal growth of interest in the authentic performance of music. This movement is one of the most striking developments in history of music performance and amounts to little less than a revolution in musical taste. The interest of artists and audiences in authenticity has led philosophers to reflect on the concept of authentic performance, particularly as it applies to music.