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Distinguished pianist Malcolm Bilson poses the question, “Do we really know how to read the musical notation of the 18th- and 19th-century masters, and how can a better informed reading lead to more expressive, even passionate performance?”

Bilson has been in the forefront of the period instrument movement for more than thirty years. A member of the Cornell University Music Department since 1968, where he is the Frederick J. Whiton Professor of Music Emeritus, he began his pioneering activity in the early 1970s as a performer of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert on late 18th- and early 19th-century pianos. He has been a key contributor to the restoration of the fortepiano to the concert stage and to fresh recordings of the mainstream repertory.

This lecture is part of a series that includes Knowing the Score, Knowing the Score Vol. 2, and Performing the Score. For more information, visit

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