Classical Music Performance Norms
and How to Escape Them
by Daniel Leech-Wilkinson
This is a book, or maybe in the end a website, or a set of podcasts, or two or three of these—we’ll see. It’s about freeing classical music performance from unnecessary rules and constraints. If you’re a passionate believer in the status quo you’ll probably hate it. But that doesn’t mean I’m wholly wrong. As you can already tell, it’s a polemical piece rather than a scholarly tome. But that doesn’t mean it’s not telling truths. Think of it as the book your conservatoire teacher wanted you never to read.
I’m writing it during 2019–20, and posting chapters in first draft as they’re written. I’d very much like your feedback, in the light of which I’ll make improvements. So the text will grow and change. Please follow it, and let me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let others know at @ChalPerformance and anywhere that classical musicians follow.