Contains material on vocal and choral music and style; instrumentation; performance practice; ornamentation, tuning, temperament; meter and tempo; basso continuo; dance; theatrical production; and much more.
Divided into six sections—tempo, rhythm, dynamics, articulation, phrasing, and ornamentation—and includes re-evaluation of widely held views on inequality, overdotting, and many other issues. Extensive bibliography, including primary sources.
Promotes "the study and performance of music of the eighteenth century." Provides "a forum where scholars and performers can further their knowledge of music, history and interrelated arts of the period and serves as a resource to facilitate and encourage collaboration."