Phrasing for me is shaping of the music by the performer that goes beyond what is in the original notation. Modern editions with phrasing added to the original Baroque score do not count for the purposes of this definition. In the general case, I cannot be certain that there are any phrases in the original. I may see or hear some, but I will not conclude that they are there objectively, that the composer meant them, or that they were originally emphasized during performance.
I am not a proponent of one approach at the expense of another - irrespective of which is historically correct. After all the aforementioned Greek sculptures were originally brightly painted - the colors just did not survive, so we don't know exactly how to paint them.
Last edited by IvanMaly : 07-25-2013 at 06:35 PM.