RILM abstract: "Richard Taruskin has characterized performance practice or historical performance as not truly historical, but rather as a reflection of a mid-20th-c. Zeitgeist dominated by Stravinsky. In contrast with this presentist view, wherein spontaneous performance, the act, is deemed the highest value, the historicist view affirms that music (along with art works generally) is endowed with a quality of permanent value independent of how it was regarded in its own time or how people react to it now. Historicist performance practice holds that a composer's intention (the autonomous work) is rediscoverable, at least in part, and that the manner of realization (performance practice) is also a part of a composer's original conception."
"Invoking a Past or Imposing a Present? Two Views of Performance Practice,"
Performance Practice Review:
1, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/ppr/vol9/iss1/2