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Historically Informed Performance

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Identifying Early Recordings

Search WorldCat for recordings.  You can limit by format (to music) and search the name of the first performer.  If unavailable, search by the title of the composition and limit by years.

1929 Recording Informs Gershwin Critical Edition

The Gershwin Initiative's editor-in-chief Mark Clague is including differently pitched taxi horns in "An American in Paris" in the upcoming critical edition.  Videos below show the contrast in sound.  The Gershwin Initiative's blog provides this interview with conductor Laura Jackson, who recently tested the new edition in performance.  The New York Times also ran an article on the topic.